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    COVID-19: What to Expect in Boulder Right Now

    Thank you for thinking of Boulder! You may be wondering what the situation is like here in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Boulder County is now in Level Clear on the Covid dial, which means Boulder County Public Health Department's capacity restrictions and mitigation have been lifted. We're excited to welcome you to Boulder!

    Last Updated: July 26, 2021

    Are Masks Required in Boulder?

    There is no facial covering order in Boulder County currently. Unvaccinated people 2 and older are encouraged to continue wearing masks in all public indoor spaces. 

    What Are Covid Numbers Like in Boulder County?

    Covid DialCase Numbers As of July 23, 2021, new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days is 38.8. There have been 261 deaths in Boulder County with Covid-19 and 24,541 individuals in Boulder County have tested positive or were considered probable (likely positive). More Boulder County COVID-19 data is here

    Level Clear Boulder County's current safety status is rated Level Clear. You can read more here. Restaurants, bars and retail shops can operate at 100% capacity with no restrictions.

    Vaccination Rate As of July 24, 79% of eligible Boulder County residents have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. 

    What Is Dining Out Like in Boulder Right Now?

    Restaurants and bars are open for indoor dining at 100% capacity with no mitigation requirements.

    Many restaurants have expanded their patios onto the streets in a few areas, thanks to the city closing a few areas to traffic through October 2021. While there is no mask order in place, please abide by the businesses' wishes if a mask requirement is stated or if you are unvaccinated.

    To-go dining is also widely available, and restaurants are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages to go, so you can order a bottle of wine or a couple of margaritas to enjoy with your to-go meal. 

    Downtown Outdoor Dining Picnic Tables

    What Is It Like to Shop in Boulder Now?

    Boulder’s retailers are open on Pearl Street, in downtown, at Twenty Ninth Street and all across town at 100% capacity. While face coverings are not required by the county or state, please abide by any mask-wearing requests from individual businesses and wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.

    Island Farm

    What Are My Lodging Options in Boulder?

    All of Boulder's hotels are open for business and are accepting reservations. They are taking precautions to ensure sanitization and safety. 

    Hotel Safety Measures

    Are Hiking Trails Open in Boulder?

    Yes. Boulder’s hiking trails have always remained open throughout the pandemic. You can view the interactive trails map to find lower-trafficked trails and avoid trails closed due to wildlife habitat protections.

    Find a Hike

    Flatirons in spring

    Can I Go Mountain Biking?

    Yes, Boulder’s mountain biking trails are open (unless they are closed due to muddy conditions or for wildlife habitat protections). 

    Mountain Biking Trails

    Marshall Mesa Mountain Biking

    What Nearby State and National Parks Are Open?

    Can I Camp in Boulder?

    While no camping is available within the city of Boulder, there are several nearby options listed on our Camping page. Boulder County fire restriction info is here.

    What Else Can I Do in Boulder?

    For lots of ideas on fun things to do now in Boulder check out this page:

    Things to Do During COVID-19

    What's Not Open Yet in Boulder?

    Celestial Seasonings factory tours and the National Center for Atmospheric Research visitor center remain closed to the public. Most of the University of Colorado's museums are not yet open but have plans to reopen to the public in late summer 2021.

    Are Colorado's Borders Open?

    Yes, Colorado's borders are open. There is no quarantine period or proof of negative test for those crossing into Colorado from other states. Be sure to bring and wear your face coverings if you are unvaccinated or if a business or setting requires it.

    Have More Questions?

    We are the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official tourism organization for Boulder, and we are happy to answer your questions. Call 303-442-2911 or email