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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency regarding COVID-19

Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency

On March 17, 2020, the Lafayette City Council adopted and incorporated a Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency. This action is in response to the imminent threat and widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is in line with recommendations from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management and Boulder County Public Health. 

“This declaration continues the City’s swift, strategic, and coordinated efforts to protect our residents’ health, safety, and welfare, and ensures the ongoing continuity of government,” said Mayor Jamie Harkins. “It also places Lafayette in a position to access local, state, and federal resources that will assist to address community needs and those of our most vulnerable populations.”

The Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency authorizes the City Administrator to coordinate with internal and external partners and direct City staff to address the impacts of the local disaster emergency.  The order also allows for the implementation of steps that will allow long-term continuity of government services necessary to address the local emergency and its implications.

In response to health department requests to advocate for good social distancing practices, the City began closing all public facilities on March 13 and concluded on March 16 with the closure of City Hall. View all current closures and updated information at 

The City will continue providing essential services to the community including public safety, water utilities, and general operations.  

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of online services and resources listed on the City website .

Guidance for Social Distancing
In general, avoid spending time in groups larger than 10.

Continue to take everyday wellness actions such as:

  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.

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