A message from the Mayor – November 19, 2020
Dear Louisville Residents,
Yesterday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) asked me, and all Colorado mayors, to help our communities understand what a dire situation we are in. Officials expressed the very serious need for public participation in curbing the spread of COVID-19 so that we do not overwhelm our hospitals, and are not forced to implement crisis standards of care. This is serious – we need your help to slow the spread of the virus.
Personal gatherings prohibited – even Thanksgiving
On Friday, November 20 at 5 PM, CDPHE will move Boulder County to Level Red: Severe. This is a more restrictive level on the state’s revised COVID-19 Dial, which was released alongside the latest COVID-19 Dial Public Health Order. The new Dial amends the existing levels and adds Level Purple: Extreme Risk, the most restrictive level.
Under Level Red: Severe Risk, all personal gatherings are prohibited. The state is calling on us to help by limiting our in-person social engagements to only people within our household. This means no pods with friends or family members outside of your household. Contact tracing in Boulder County shows a large proportion of COVID-19 cases arising from personal gatherings. CDPHE’s Thanksgiving Guidance makes clear that everyone should only celebrate with their household and refrain from travelling. We also need to continue to maintain 6 feet of distance during necessary social interactions, wash hands diligently, and wear a facial covering.
This will take dedication and work, but if any community can do it, Louisville can.
New restrictions on businesses and events
Level Red: Severe Risk also introduces new restrictions for businesses and events, including no indoor dining, outdoor dining limited to one household per table, no indoor events, and offices and gyms restricted to 10% capacity. Full details of capacity limits can be found in the updated Capacity Table. The state has indicated that the lack of Federal support for businesses has led to the decision to keep businesses open.
At-risk groups to stay at home
Under Level Red: Severe Risk, at-risk groups are recommended to stay at home. The order defines individuals at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to include (but not limited to) those who smoke or are 65 years and older, immunocompromised, or pregnant.
City Hall, the Police Department, and Municipal Court remain closed to the public with City staff still available by phone, email, and video conferencing. Reservations are required for the Recreation Center with capacity limited to 10% or up to 10 people in each area, including the pool. In person Museum tours will not be offered, but live virtual tours will begin in December. The Library remains unchanged from last week with computer use by appointment and curbside pick-up.
A message from the Mayor – November 13, 2020
Dear Louisville Residents,
Boulder County has issued a new Public Health Order today, which goes into effect on Saturday (November 14). Boulder County is still under Colorado’s Safer at Home, Level Orange: High Risk restrictions, but the County’s new order adds the following:
- Indoor dining is limited to one household per table
- Outdoor dining is limited to 10 people per table and no more than two households
- All businesses are strongly encouraged to have employees start or continue working from home to the greatest extent possible – Offices are already limited to a 25% capacity under Safer at Home, Level Orange: High Risk
- Personal gatherings (private or public) limited to two households with no more than 10 people
- Limiting indoor events to 25% capacity with up to 25 people and one event per venue
- No spectators are allowed at adult sporting events and high school sports/games
As I emphasized last week when Boulder County moved to Level Orange: High Risk, we need to do all that we can to slow the rise in cases and keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed. All Coloradans are encouraged to avoid social gatherings in the month of November to help achieve this goal. In order to keep our economy open, we need to stop the increase in cases.
Changes to City Facilities
In an effort to do our part to slow the spread of the virus as well as respond to further public health guidance, City Hall, Municipal Court and the Police Department are now closed to the public. In-person appointments will still be available as needed, but customers are encouraged to use remote services, found on the City’s website. City staff are still available and individual departments can be contacted by using the Staff Directory.
The Recreation and Senior Center and Coal Creek Golf Course continue to follow public health guidelines with reservations once again required and other precautions in place. The Library has limited its in-person options to computer use by appointment and curbside pick-up. For additional details for all City facilities, see the updated reopening plan for Level Orange: High Risk.
Leaf & Branch Curbside Events
Saturday is the first of two Leaf & Branch Curbside Collection Events for residents participating in the city-wide solid waste program through Republic Services. The first event (Saturday, November 14) is for Tuesday and Wednesday customers. The second event (Saturday, November 21) is for Thursday and Friday customers. All items must be curbside by 7 AM. For more information, visit the City’s website.
A message from the Mayor – November 4, 2020
Dear Louisville Residents,
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move Boulder County to Safer at Home Level Orange: High Risk (previously called Level 3) on Friday, November 6. Level Orange: High Risk is a more restrictive level on the State’s revised COVID-19 Dial, which was released on Tuesday alongside the new COVID-19 Dial Public Health Order.
Although some details have changed, the message remains the same: Coloradans are encouraged to stay at home and avoid unnecessary interactions and personal gatherings whenever possible in order to reduce the spread of disease.
What does Level Orange: High Risk mean for businesses?
Restaurants, non-critical retailers, personal services, and offices will need to limit their capacity to 25% (down from 50%). Residents are asked to practice kindness and patience while businesses adjust to these changes. Further details about Level Orange: High Risk, including what it means for organized events and places of worship, are available in the COVID-19 Dial Public Health Order and the Capacity Table.
What does Level Orange: High Risk mean for City services and facilities?
The Recreation Center will remain open, but with changes to programs and services. The Senior Center remains closed.
The Louisville Public Library building will be closed except for limited access to computers by appointment. Contactless Curbside Holds Pick-Up and services, including Virtual Programing, We Browse for You and eBooks, will continue.
The Museum will offer tours by appointment to groups of six people or fewer from the same household.
What does Level Orange: High Risk mean for residents?
We need to do everything we can to prevent a transition to Level Red: Stay at Home, which we experienced in the spring. As always, stay home if you are sick, continue to wear a facial covering, wash your hands properly, and stay six feet from people you do not live with.
All levels of Safer at Home, including Level Orange: High Risk, limit personal gatherings to 10 people and no more than 2 households so please use good judgement when thinking ahead to Thanksgiving.
As we move into the holiday season, consider showing some ‘local love’ to our business community. Visit the City’s Support Local website for suggestions about how to support our businesses during this challenging time.
A Message from the City of Louisville:
11/4/20: Rise in New COVID-19 Cases Moves Boulder County to More Restrictive Level
Safer at Home Level Orange: High Risk
Business Restrictions Become Effective Friday, November 6
Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) was notified today that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move the County to the more restrictive Safer at Home Level Orange: High Risk (this was previously called Level 3) on the state Dial beginning Friday, November 6.
The move is due to the rapid increase in new COVID-19 cases and the percentage of positivity among COVID-19 tests in Boulder County. The county will remain at this level until there is improvement (or worsening) of COVID-19 cases in the county.
The City of Louisville has developed an information sheet with the critical information businesses need to know for compliance and ensuring public health and safety. We encourage you to print this information and share it with your employees. The second page includes the detailed capacity restrictions, depending on your business type.
The City also has created a poster for you to help you notify and educate the public on the changes in restrictions.
For more information about the change in the restrictions effective this Friday, please consider the following resources:
- Boulder County Call Center: 720.776.0822
- Colorado Department of Public Health: 303.389.1687 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Megan Pierce, City Economic Vitality Director: 303.335.4531 or email@example.com
To report a violation of the Public Health Order or the City’s Facial Covering Ordinance, please email CityofLouisvilleOrders@louisvilleco.gov or call 303.441.4444.
A message from the Mayor – October 28, 2020
On Monday, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) announced that due to an increase in cases, Boulder County may need to move to the stricter Safer at Home Level 3 on the state Dial. Level 3 restricts the number of people who can be at a business, restaurant, or workplace, as well as decreases gathering sizes for events and fitness activities (see page 8 in the Safer at Home Dial Order for details). You may have seen in the news that Denver has moved to this Level.
We should all do our part to keep from moving backwards by following the new state order, which limits gatherings to only people from two households and a maximum of ten people per gathering. As always, please keep up the good work with wearing facial coverings, washing your hands properly, and staying six feet from people you do not live with.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will decide if Boulder County will move to Safer at Home Level 3 after discussion with Boulder County Public Health leadership. The City will continue to keep you informed of any changes.
The Colorado Department of Public Health Guidance relating to Halloween is available on the City’s website. Please use good judgement when planning your Halloween weekend.
A message from the Mayor – September 17, 2020
Boulder County is seeing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases, which means we all need to do our part and stay home as much as possible. This week, the State updated its COVID-19 Framework, introducing three new tiers within Safer At Home. Boulder County is in the ‘Concern’ tier, but with our increased case count, we may move to ‘High Risk’. For more information about what this means in detail, please visit the Boulder County Public Health website.
Our community continues to do a great job of limiting the spread of COVID-19 by wearing facial coverings, practicing social distancing of 6 ft, washing hands regularly, and avoiding gatherings of larger than 10 people – so let’s keep it up.
While we stay at home to protect public health, we can continue to support local restaurants and retailers through services such as takeout and curbside pickup.
As we move towards October, I’ve received a number of questions about Halloween. A public order banning trick or treating has not been issued to-date by Boulder County Public Health or the State of Colorado. As the situation continues to evolve, this may change, and if it does, the City will comply with all such orders. We will share any safety guidelines as these become available.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent Community Conversations on Racial Equity with Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler of The Equity Project. If you missed these events, visit the City’s website to check out the recordings or to register for the Library’s October 13 online event with Dr. Mosby Tyler.
Applications for Business Matching Grant Program Goes Live September 3
On August 11, the Louisville City Council adopted the Recovery & Improvement Matching Grant Program to continue assistance to businesses that have suffered economic injury to stabilize and recover.
The program application will open September 3. The application link will be posted on the City’s website and will also be shared via an email announcement that day.
The program is funded by $150,000 from the City’s General Fund. The City anticipates the program will run through December 31, 2020, though it may end earlier if all program funds are spent. Eligible businesses can seek 50% matching funds for projects that meet the Program Criteria, with a maximum matching grant of $10,000. Each eligible business may only receive one funded project under this program. Only projects that have not been completed or previously paid-for will be considered.
Businesses should review the program information now and consider whether to submit an application. Please contact Economic Vitality Director Megan Pierce if you have questions about whether your project will meet program criteria: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.335.4531.
A dedicated Recovery & Improvement webpage contains more detailed information about program eligibility, criteria, and process.
Gap Fund Applications Open August 31
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to boost small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
The application will be posted on the Energize Colorado website on Monday, August 31. This will include Frequently Asked Questions and information about program eligibility.
Questions about the Gap Fund?
(7 days a week 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
or e-mail: GapFundSupport@energizecolorado.com
A message from the Mayor – Labor Day in Louisville – August 12
With the gorgeous summer weather, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we are in the middle of a global pandemic – but we still are. Flu season has the potential to put additional strain on our medical supplies and resources. As we move towards flu season, it becomes even more important to reduce the number of new cases. We need to continue to do our part to limit the spread of the virus. Everyone should:
- keep a safe distance of 6 feet or more from people outside of their household
- wear a facial covering that covers the nose and mouth
- wash their hands frequently
- avoid large gatherings and crowded areas
- get a flu shot
At-risk populations, like Coloradans 65 years and older and those with pre-existing health conditions, should stay home as much as possible except for essential trips or to visit Colorado’s great outdoors.
On Labor Day (September 7), the City will host a Drive Thru Car Show from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Ascent Community Church Parking Lot. Labor Day is a big day for Louisville with our annual Parade and Fall Festival, but unfortunately neither is possible this year due to public health and safety restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Labor Day Drive Thu Car Show will allow us to come together as a community while practicing social distancing. While attending the event, you and your household will stay in your vehicle while you view the cars on display.
More details, including a map, will be available soon on the Drive Thru Car Show website.
No registration is required to attend. If you would like to display your car in the Drive Thru Car Show or take part as an event volunteer, visit the Drive Thru Car Show website for details.
Louisville’s Crosswalk Beautification Brainstorm Events
Last week the City launched a new engagement opportunity, inviting residents to share their ideas for crosswalks on Pine, Johnson, Hoover, Polk, Dahlia, and Cherry. You can share your ideas on Engage Louisville or register to attend one of two online Info & Feedback Sessions with Public Works Director Kurt Kowar next week (August 19 and August 20).
A message from the Mayor – July 31, 2020
Governor Polis commented this week that despite rising cases in Colorado, we still have time to turn things around. State health officials are working hard to determine how we can get the rate of the virus’ spread back down to a manageable level so we can avoid another economic shutdown. In order to do our part to limit the spread of the virus, all Coloradans should stay home whenever possible, older Coloradans and those at higher risk of suffering from complications of COVID-19 should stay at home, and we should all continue to wear facial coverings.
BVSD reopening plans
As many of you are aware, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) have released their reopening plans for the upcoming school year. To keep our schools open, we must continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 so please continue to follow all of the advice I mentioned above.
As part of the City’s phased reopening plans, the Louisville Public Library reopened to patrons for limited hours. Everyone is required to wear a facial covering, practice social distancing, wash their hands, and limit time in the library to 30 minutes or less, if possible. The popular Curbside Service will also continue.
The Recreation Center reopened on July 1 and I’ve heard that guests are doing a great job of following safety guidelines and the requirement to wear a facial covering. Thank you to everyone for continuing to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
A Message from the Mayor – July 17, 2020
Yesterday Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020-138, which requires all individuals over 10 years old to wear a face covering while in a public indoor space. Businesses are legally required to enforce this order and their business license may be suspended if there is a violation.
- Indoors in Louisville – Facial coverings must be worn when inside a business that is open to the public, including an office or other facility where government services may be accessed.
- Outdoors in Louisville – Facial coverings must be worn outdoors where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
Exceptions are listed in Ordinance 1793 and generally include children under 2 years old (in child care environments, under 3 years old or any age while napping); children under 12 years old in which a covering poses a choking or strangulation hazard or makes it difficult to breathe; persons who have trouble breathing; persons in a professional office who do not interact with the public; persons eating or drinking while in a restaurant; and first responders, if a covering interferes with their ability to perform their duties. For more specific details on exemptions, please review City Ordinance 1793.
Additional business guidance and signage is available on the Business Resources website.
Should I follow the State’s order or Louisville’s?
The Governor’s Order allows for local communities to have their own more restrictive facial covering orders as Louisville does. As the City’s order is more restrictive, this is the order that all residents, visitors and employees must follow.
For non-urgent violations/concerns relating to the City’s ordinance, please email CityofLouisvilleOrders@LouisvilleCO.gov.
A Message from the Mayor – July 15, 2020
Like most of the United States, Colorado has seen an upward trend in cases and hospitalizations over the past couple of weeks. Governor Polis announced that the administration will continue to be guided by data and science, and adjust reopening strategies based on the trajectory of the spread of the virus.
Boulder County is still in the Safer at Home phase so please continue to wear a facial covering, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re sick. You can visit Boulder County Public Health’s website to review the criteria for Boulder County moving into the Protect Our Neighbors phase.
City’s Phase 2 Reopening Plan
The City’s phased approach to reopen facilities and services is based on our commitment to protect City staff and residents, and in adherence with State of Colorado and Boulder County public health data and orders. Public safety remains our top priority.
Starting this week you can reserve a computer at the Louisville Public Library for two hours, book the Louisville Center for the Arts for groups of 10 people or fewer, and make an appointment at the Police and Court Building. Visit the City’s COVID-19 website for details.
Travel can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 and non-essential travel is not recommended. If you’re traveling within Colorado to access outdoor recreation areas, visit the Colorado Safer at Home website for travel guidance. If you do take a summer trip, please help protect our community by following these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for travel within the US and international travel.
Facial coverings when visiting our trails
If you’re staying local this summer, please remember our City Ordinance requires facial coverings be worn when you’re outside and not able to maintain 6 feet of distance – that includes on our trails. So remember to bring a facial covering when visiting our open space and wear them at the trailheads, when passing others, and anytime it is not possible to keep a safe 6-foot distance from anyone not residing in your household.
A message from the Mayor – July 1, 2020
On Tuesday, Governor Polis extended Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors until the end of July and announced that bars would no longer be able to offer in-person service amid an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks.
Bars can sell alcoholic beverages to-go for takeout or delivery if they are sold along with food. Bars that have taken steps to open as restaurants may continue to operate in-person service, so long as they have patrons seated with their own party only in set seating, spaced six feet apart, and with no mingling.
This announcement is a significant development as it really emphasizes how important it is that we act responsibly so that we can continue to safely keep our economy going.
The Governor also announced the framework for the next phase, Protect Our Neighbors. Boulder County Public Health is reviewing the criteria required to move Boulder County to this phase and I’ll continue to share any updates.
Wear a facial covering
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: please do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a facial covering. Making sure we limit the spread of the virus is more important than ever, especially as we move towards the start of the new school year.
A happy and safe 4th of July
While you prepare for the long weekend, please remember to do all that you can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Continue to gather in groups no larger than 10, maintain 6 feet of distance between people outside of your household, wear a facial covering, and wash your hands. Despite the holiday weekend and the sunny forecast, now is not the time to increase the amount of people you’re in contact with so please use good judgement.