On May 9, Boulder County transitioned into the State of Colorado’s Safer-at-Home Phase in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and enacted a Public Health Order requiring residents to wear face coverings whenever they are out in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot social distance from others outside their immediate household. Under the Safer-at-Home Phase, residents are encouraged to stay at home whenever possible, and should always maintain 6-foot social distancing, practice good hygiene by frequently washing hands, and stay home when sick.
At a special meeting on May 13, the Lafayette City Council enacted an additional Order which states that any place of business open to the general public, including any office or building that offers services to the public, must require persons inside their location to wear a face covering. This Order is in effect immediately and will remain in effect until terminated by City Council. Children under the age of 13 and people with a disability or medical condition, for whom a face covering would cause impairment, are exempt from wearing face coverings Read the full Lafayette Face Covering Order and the list of those exemptions here.
“The Lafayette Face Covering Order is in place to further protect the health and safety of our community and to support the economic progress of our local businesses,” said Mayor Jamie Harkins. “Residents and employees must feel safe as we begin venturing out to shop and work again, and face coverings combined with physical distancing will help us open our local economy, and keep it open. It is very important for everyone to understand that some people will not be able to wear a face covering due to a disability or health concern. I would ask everyone to be mindful and kind to one another in those cases and always maintain a six-foot distance from each other.”
Cloth face coverings are part of an overall strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and are most effective when combined with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying at home whenever possible. Coverings should fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face, cover the nose and mouth, and remain in place without the use of one’s hands.
Face coverings include:
- Handmade cloth masks
- Medical masks
Face coverings should not include:
- Any mask that incorporates a one-way valve. Valves allow droplet release from the mask and put others at risk.
You can find more details on face covering requirements, exemptions from the face covering order, instructions for making your own face covering from everyday household materials, and learn where to get a free mask by visiting cityoflafayette.com/CoverForUs.
Guidance for Lafayette businesses under the Face Covering Order
Read the letter from Mayor Harkins to the Lafayette business community