Boulder on Friday issued an emergency order banning the sale of alcoholic beverages in bars, restaurants and clubs after 10 p.m. in response to an increase in coronavirus cases in the city.
The order went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday and will continue until noon on October 8, according to a press release issued by the city, but it can be modified or extended. The order applies to 199 companies within the city, and it restricts alcohol sales to “end consumers for local consumption between 10 PM and 7 AM,” the statement said.
New cases have been on the rise for nearly three weeks in Boulder County, with “the vast majority due to disease transmission in people between the ages of 18 and 22, particularly those who attend University of Colorado Boulder and who live in the University Hill neighborhood,” According to the statement.
If cases continue to rise, the county is in danger of moving from Level 2 restrictions from Safer at Home to Level 3 restrictions from Safer at Home.
The biggest difference between Safer-at-Home level 2 and Safer-at-Home level 3 is that the latter will close the authorization rails, and will reduce the permissible capacity of most facilities from 50% to 25%, and gyms will be restricted to virtual classes or classes in the air Open with no more than 10 people, and schools suggest switching to hybrid or distance learning models.
Boulder Valley is planning to Repeat kindergarten through second graders for personal learning Four days a week and special education students from grades three through twelve two days a week starting from Tuesday, while St. Vrain Valley option to learn personally Two days a week starting from October 5th.
“Alcohol can play a huge role in social gatherings,” city manager Jane Brautigam said in the statement. “We hope this will help limit the increase in the current cases we see among the younger members of society. We understand that this demand may be frustrating for bars and restaurants that sell alcohol, but the intent is to prevent the city from returning to a ‘safer home’ Level 3, “which may place an additional burden on local businesses.”
Boulder County Public Health on Thursday issued an order Stop gatherings for residents of Boulder Between the ages of 18 and 22, they have issued home stay orders to more than 30 residences at Hill University in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The city’s alcohol sale order “aims to slow the increasing spread of the Coronavirus among young people in Boulder. City spokeswoman Shannon Olapo said the order was not intended to address indoor behavior.”
A public health spokeswoman, Channa Gocitis, said that the administration also hopes that the matter will help slow the virus “by reducing the chances of gathering and being in close proximity, which facilitates the spread of the virus.”
But for bar and restaurant owners, the city’s request is “just another nail in the coffin,” said Boulder Liquor Licensing attorney Mike Laszlo.
He said, “A lot of alcohol sales, especially bars, come on the weekends: Thursday, Friday, Saturday.” “The state already had a curfew at 11 pm, and now at 10 pm it will definitely hurt businesses.”
Laszlo said he feared what would happen to bars and restaurants in the future.
He said, “I know how seriously they are dealing with this epidemic.” “These restaurants are trying very hard to do everything right. They will go out of business … We think it’s bad now, wait until next year.”
When the county was under state orders to stay home in the spring months as the virus spread, some CU Boulder students were still throwing parties.
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In May, students threw graduation parties on the Hill, and Officials chose to take an “educational approach”.
“We continue to take an educational approach to this, rather than issuing violations,” Lori Ogden, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department, told the Daily Camera at the time.
The University of Colorado Boulder on Wednesday switched to distance learning to curb the spread of the coronavirus on campus – the same day the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Corona virus outbreak at the university. The data, updated on Wednesday, shows that 12 employees and 1,198 attendees or students have tested positive for the virus.