DENVER (CBS4)– The Metropolis and County of Denver issued a brand new Public Well being Order on Tuesday that requires face coverings in colleges and childcare services for all individuals ages 2 and older. The brand new requirement for Denver will go into impact on Wednesday, Aug. 18 and stay in place indefinitely.
In accordance with Denver, “Beneath the brand new order, all people ages 2 and older in Denver should put on a face masking that covers the nostril and mouth when indoors in any respect colleges and school-based extracurricular actions no matter vaccination standing. The face masking requirement applies to college students, academics, employees, and guests in any respect private and non-private colleges (preschool by grade 12) and childcare services. The Public Well being Order will stay in impact indefinitely with updates made as wanted based mostly on case charges and vaccination charges in Denver.”
Earlier this month Denver issued a Public Well being Order requiring personnel in high-risk settings, together with colleges, to be absolutely vaccinated by Sept. 30.
“Whereas it’s crucial that every one eligible individuals proceed to get vaccinated, masks add one other layer of safety for kids, particularly these too younger to be vaccinated,” stated Bob McDonald, govt director of the Denver Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere, in a press release. “Requiring face coverings in colleges and childcare services will defend in opposition to the unfold of the extremely contagious delta variant and can assist preserve in individual studying this faculty 12 months.”
From the Metropolis and County of Denver:
The next exceptions for masks necessities are in place for sure circumstances:
• People who find themselves deaf, exhausting of listening to, or in any other case dwelling with a incapacity the place absolutely observing facial expressions is crucial to communication.
• People who should quickly take away a face masking for identification functions.
• People who’re actively engaged in a public security function, comparable to regulation enforcement, firefighters or emergency medical personnel.
Denver continued to strongly encourage that every one who’re unvaccinated or immunocompromised put on a face masking and apply social distancing in all public locations. This is also in accordance with steerage from the Facilities for Illness Management.
A federal requirement for face coverings on public transportation, together with public transit networks, airplanes, buses, trains, taxis, Ubers and Lyfts continues, as does a state requirement for face coverings for unvaccinated or not absolutely vaccinated employees, residents, and guests in jails, homeless shelters and emergency medical and different healthcare settings.