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State mandates wearing face coverings in public

State mandates wearing face coverings in public

Update: Jefferson County Public Health issued Public Health Order 20-008 that requires everyone in Jeffco ages 11 and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public settings — both indoors and outdoors — when unable to maintain 6 foot social distancing. Read more at www.jeffco.us/4056/Mask-Guidance

Colorado Executive Order D 2020 138 is a mandatory statewide mask order that went into effect on July 16 and will be in effect for 30 days. It may be extended.

The order requires people in the state who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space
  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation service

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering
  • Children ages two and under should not wear masks or cloth face coverings

According to the state’s Executive Order, businesses are required to post notices of the order on their premises and may only serve those customers who are in compliance. Also, if you refuse to wear a mask as required in the executive order, you are violating a Colorado law and are subject to civil or criminal penalties.

Westminster City Council passed a similar face covering resolution on May 11 requiring all people three years and older, who are medically able, to wear a non-medical, cloth face covering in local businesses or outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Council’s resolution differs from the recent state Executive Order by requiring face coverings for people three years and older and by requiring face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible. This resolution is still in effect and applies to the entire city.

Jefferson County Public Health rescinded their recent public health order mandating face coverings due to the state’s executive order.

Tri-County Health Department’s public health order mandating face coverings will stay in effect, due to their requirement for face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible (mirroring Council’s resolution) and a longer duration (up to 90 days rather than 30 days). Tri-County Health Department includes Westminster-residents and businesses in Adams County.

If you see someone not wearing a face covering, we encourage you to maintain social distance and demonstrate respect for others. There are valid, medical reasons that may prohibit someone from wearing a face covering.

For more information and guidance on face coverings, visit Colorado’s web site.

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