Daily Camera (Boulder)

River­side event cen­ter fined for La­bor Day week­end party

- By Deb­o­rah Swearin­gen Boulder · Colorado · University of Colorado at Boulder · University of Colorado · Boulder County

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Boul­der’s The River­side event cen­ter was or­dered to pay a $400 fine for a La­bor Day week­end party that vi­o­lated the city’s noise or­di­nance and the Boul­der County Pub­lic Health COVID-19 health or­der.

Richard Moser, whose Linkedin pro­file iden­ti­fies him as di­rec­tor of The River­side Group, was is­sued a ticket for a noise vi­o­la­tion and for vi­o­la­tion of an emer­gency or­der, ac­cord­ing to Shan­non Au­la­baugh, spokesper­son with the Boul­der Po­lice Depart­ment.

The de­fen­dant on Sept. 16 pleaded guilty to the noise vi­o­la­tion in Boul­der Mu­nic­i­pal Court. Au­la­baugh said the judge sus­pended his busi­ness li­cense for a week but held that sus­pen­sion in abeyance. If an­other vi­o­la­tion is is­sued, the li­cense will be sus­pended. Al­though the judge tech­ni­cally is­sued a $1,000 fine, Moser will only pay $400 as long as no other vi­o­la­tion is is­sued at the event cen­ter.

“Our sen­tenc­ing rec­om­men­da­tion was struc­tured to avoid future par­ties,” Au­la­baugh said. “Boul­der County Pub­lic Health has also been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pro­moter and re­ceived as­sur­ances that this will not hap­pen again.”

At that time, Boul­der was un­der Colorado’s cur­rent Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Out­doors pro­to­cols, which lim­ited pub­lic and pri­vate gath­er­ings to no more than 10 in­di­vid­u­als, ex­clud­ing nec­es­sary ac­tiv­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to ear­lier re­port­ing by the Cam­era, Boul­der Real­tor Alex Ja­cob­son, a co-host of the La­bor Day week­end event, said The River­side had a “very strict pol­icy … peo­ple needed to be masked, and the num­ber of at­ten­dees had to be 50.” The event was held out­side.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of The River­side could not be reached Thurs­day for com­ment.

Now, the city is un­der a Safer at Home Level 2 or­der, which lim­its the num­ber of peo­ple for in­door events, ac­count­ing for us­able square footage with a max­i­mum of 100 peo­ple per room. If it’s out­side, the num­ber ex­tends to 175 peo­ple per des­ig­nated ac­tiv­ity. The state pro­vides a cal­cu­la­tor for de­ter­min­ing us­able square footage in an in­door space as well as more in­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous re­quire­ments on its web­site at covid19. colorado. gov/ safer-at-home.

Al­though Boul­der is be­gin­ning to loosen re­stric­tions af­ter the out­break at the Univer­sity of Colorado Boul­der, Boul­der County Pub­lic Health spokesper­son Chana Gous­setis said it’s im­por­tant to re­main vig­i­lant.

“It’s im­per­a­tive that we all con­tinue to keep our gath­er­ings small, keep so­cial dis­tance and wear a mask so that we can con­tinue to keep our busi­nesses and schools open,” she said.

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