Published: May 24, 2021

flatironsAs we head into Memorial Day weekend, here are some things to keep in mind.

Public health guidance

Starting May 16, Boulder County moved to Level Clear. Restrictions may differ from county to county, so be sure to review specific COVID-19 restrictions for your area. Facial coverings will continue to be required in indoor spaces on campus and on Buff buses through at least June 30, 2021. 

If you get together with others:

  • Opt to have gatherings outdoors whenever possible.
  • Remind friends and others to stay home if they are sick.
  • Wear a face covering when indoors.
  • Wash your hands frequently, including before eating or serving food.
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces regularly.

Noise ordinances

You can receive an unreasonable noise citation for any noise, music or conversation that can be heard more than 100 feet away from your residence after 11 p.m. This city of Boulder ordinance is similar to "quiet hours" in apartment buildings.

“Disruption of quiet enjoyment of the home” is a unique ordinance, in that it requires a previous warning to have been given to your house or unit. Make sure you are speaking with your roommates and keeping everyone in the loop if a warning is received. Many times a house will receive a formal warning, but not all roommates are aware. And remember, you can get a ticket at any time of the day for excessive and disruptive noise or any other illegal things occurring at your gathering, including underage drinking, brawling, public urination, littering or trash, etc.


The possession or discharge of fireworks, firecrackers or skyrockets is prohibited in the city of Boulder and Boulder County. This includes but is not limited to sparklers, snaps, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs. Violations of law are enforced under the CU Student Code of Conduct and can result in sanctions such as probation, fines or educational courses.

Fireworks not only pose a significant fire risk, but they also can cause a significant noise disruption to residential areas. Even if you don’t possess or discharge fireworks, you may be held responsible for roommates’ or guests’ violations of this ordinance. 

If you find yourself in possession of fireworks, you can turn them in to any of the local Boulder fire departments—no questions asked! The fire department will dispose of the fireworks in a responsible manner for you.

Outdoor recreation

Get important trail information and regulations for the Boulder area by downloading the Trails App and visiting the city's Open Space and Mountain Parks page and the county's Open Space Parks & Trails Listing page.

If you plan to hike, stay on the designated trail and pick up all trash and dog waste. Be sure to follow all rules and regulations which are critical in protecting visitors, wildlife and our beautiful parks and trails.