Cover for Us. Your mask protects me, My mask protects you. 

Colorado Mandatory Statewide Mask Order

On July 16, Governor Jared Polis announced a statewide mask order, directing Coloradans to wear a face covering while indoors. 

Coloradans 11 years and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space. A public indoor space is defined as any enclosed indoor area that is publicly or privately owned, managed or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. 

Public Indoor Space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel or a residential room for students at an educational facility. This includes wearing a face covering while using or waiting to use the services of any taxi, bus, light rail, train, car service, ride-sharing or similar service, or Mass Transportation Operations. Individuals 10 years old and younger, and those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering are exempt from this Executive Order.

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Lafayette Face Covering Order

At a special meeting on May 13, the Lafayette City Council enacted a Face Covering Order that requires face coverings to be worn at all times when inside a business. 

This Order is in effect immediately and will remain in effect until terminated by City Council. 

Individuals with a disability or medical condition, for whom a face covering would cause impairment, are exempted from wearing face coverings. Read the full Face Covering Order and the list of those exemptions here.

An amendment was made on July 7 to this order which exempts individuals in fitness facilities from wearing face coverings while actively exercising, as long as six-foot social distancing is maintained at all times. Read the face covering amendment.

Are you a Lafayette business?

Read Mayor Harkin’s letter to Lafayette businesses regarding the Face Covering Order.

Download a Face Coverings Required poster for your business.

Executive Order D 2020 092 provides discretion to employers and operators of places of public accommodation to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering. This Executive Order takes effect immediately.

Are you a Lafayette fitness business?

An administrative order went into effect on July 7 amending the City’s face covering order. The amendment exempts individuals in fitness facilities from wearing face coverings while actively exercising, as long as six-foot social distancing is maintained at all times. Read the face covering amendment.

Need a face covering? Want to donate face coverings?

The Lafayette Public Library (775 W. Baseline Road) will have free face coverings available for during their book curbside pick up program. 

Do I need to wear a cloth face covering in the community to prevent COVID-19? 

  • Colorado is under a mandatory statewide mask order. 
    • The order requires people in Colorado 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 services.
  • 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 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.
  • At a special meeting on May 13, the Lafayette City Council enacted a Face Covering Order that requires face coverings to be worn at all times when inside a business.
  • Boulder County Public Health has approved extension of the Boulder County Public Health Order requiring face coverings for every person older than 12 years old whenever in public anywhere in Boulder County that social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. The Order does not have an end date and will remain in place until it is rescinded.
  • You can make or buy a covering that will cover your mouth and nose. See this web page for details on making a mask: coloradomaskproject.com 
  • Executive Order D 2020 039 orders workers at critical businesses to wear non-medical face coverings while at work and wear gloves (if gloves are provided by an employer).

Why are we being asked to wear cloth face coverings? 

  • Information from Boulder County: After looking closely at modeling data by the CU School of Public Health which suggests that 50% use of face coverings that are even 50% effective (a reasonable estimate based on lab studies) could, even with imperfect use, reduce infectiousness from asymptomatic persons by 13% and could thus is an important component of relaxing social distancing measures and re-opening businesses.

    A cloth mask prevents large droplets of respiratory particles from being expelled into the air, which may contain virus particles if that person is infected. Once the virus is exhaled, it cannot be re-inhaled or worsen the person’s infection. Facial coverings can reduce the spread of droplets from the wearer to others; they do not necessarily protect the wearer from others.

    We must use every tool possible to halt the spread of the disease – and facial coverings where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, along with testing, and contact tracing of people that have been exposed are important strategies.

Shouldn’t we be wearing disposable or surgical masks?

  • No. We must keep medical masks for health care providers and first responders who are exposed to heavy amounts of the virus when caring for sick people. Cloth face coverings can help the rest of us help them by potentially limiting the spread of the virus.

Where do I get a cloth face covering? 

Where to purchase Face Coverings:

How should a cloth face covering fit?

  • Cloth face coverings should—
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

How do I clean and sterilize my cloth face covering?

  • Wash your cloth face covering regularly with your regular laundry.

How do take off the cloth face covering?

  • Be careful to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your face covering, and wash your hands right after you remove it.

Where can I find out more?

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