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 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 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 2 and under should not wear masks or cloth face coverings
According to the Colorado 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. The May 11 Westminster resolution differs from the recent Colorado 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 all of Westminster.
Jefferson County Public Health rescinded their recent public health order mandating face coverings due to the State’s executive order.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 in outdoor locations when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained 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.