Boulder County people ages 18-22 can now gather in groups larger than two

Posted at 12:26 PM, Oct 20, 2020

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Boulder County Public Health says people ages 18-22 can now return to the same gathering sizes as all other Boulder County residents of 10 or fewer.

According to the department, the 14-day average positivity rate in the age group is 4.4% as of Monday. This comes as the state grapples with a positivity rate of over 5%, a key threshold health officials have warned would be too high in the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

It's been almost a month since the health department issued a public health order limiting the age group from gathering in any capacity and required people who repeatedly violated the public health orders at 36 addresses to stay at their residences at all times. Within a few days, they modified the public health order to allow people ages 18-22 to gather in groups of two rather than no groups at all.

“We are so grateful to every young adult who made sacrifices to follow the gathering order,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director. “Don’t let up! Cases are rising across age groups throughout the state.”

Even though the young adult age group can return to the same gathering levels as the rest of Boulder County, the department said this is still a vital time. Violations of public health orders related to gatherings will be strictly enforced. Additional testing will be provided for University of Colorado Boulder students living off-campus. In September, CU Boulder had the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

You can find more details on Boulder County's Public Health Gathering Order and the different levels of gathering here.