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Boulder repeals 10 p.m. last call for alcohol order as COVID-19 cases drop

Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 16:48:24-04

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder officials have repealed the city's 10 p.m. last call for alcohol order, which was issued on Sept. 24 in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Alcohol sales at Boulder restaurants, bars and clubs may now end at 11 p.m., in line with the state order.

Boulder has eased certain COVID-19 restrictions in recent days, as cases have decreased in the city and on the campus of the University of Colorado, which began the transition back to in-person hybrid learning Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the city announced that young adults in Boulder are now allowed to gather in groups of up to six people after officials determined they had shown "their commitment to the well-being of all residents," according to Boulder County Public Health.

A public health order issued on Sept. 24 prohibited Boulder residents ages 18-22 to gather in any capacity. The COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Colorado Boulder was named the largest in the state on Sept. 23, a day before the order was issued, with 1,198 positive cases among students and 104 with probable cases of the virus.

Based on Boulder's metrics — which showed the 14-day average of new cases per 100,000 dropped to 470.5, and the test positivity percentage dropped to 6.2% — the restrictions are loosening further this week, according to Boulder County Public Health.