Boulder County Issues Stay-in-Place for All of Boulder County

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On Wednesday, March 25, Boulder County Public Health issued a Public Health Order in hopes of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The “Stay at Home” order goes into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26 and expires 11:59 p.m. April 17, 2020, unless Boulder County Public Health determines that it is safe to lift the order at an earlier date and time.

This Order “requires all individuals anywhere within Boulder County to stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.”

“All individuals currently living within Boulder County are ordered to stay at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times, as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence,” is stated in the Public Health Order.

Under these orders, all businesses except Essential Businesses are expected to cease activity unless the business “consisting exclusively of employees, volunteers, or contractors performing activities at their own residences (e.g., working from home).”

People are allowed to exercise, seek medical care and supplies, tasks essential to a person’s health and safety, obtain groceries, obtaining supplies to work from home, to obtain and deliver supplies and food to family or household members, to care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to relocate one household from one residence to another.

All social distancing requirements must be maintained in all activities permitted by this order.

A full list of exceptions to the order can be found in the PDF below.

“If you have questions regarding this Order, please contact the BCPH Call Center at 720-776-0822 or view the COVID-19 information on BCPH’s website at

It is unlawful for any person to willfully violate, disobey, or disregard this Order. Any person who does so may be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, may be punished by a fine of up to $5,000.00 and imprisonment in county jail for up to eighteen months, per Colo. Rev. Stat. §§25-1-516 and 18-1.3-501. In addition, if you do not follow this Order, BCPH may seek a court order in Colorado state district court to enforce this Order and/or to restrain or enjoin any violation of this Order. If you do not comply with this Order pending the district court’s decision, you may be subject to arrest and involuntary compliance.”

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