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Each person in Larimer County must wear a Face Covering whenever entering or within any Public Indoor Space that is not that person's Residence, or while using the services of any taxi, bus, train, car service, ride-sharing or similar service per the Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs issued by the CDC. 

“Public Indoor Space,” as used in this Order, means 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, or that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public Indoor Spaces include all enclosed indoor areas except for a person’s Residence. 

“Residence,” as used in this Order, means the real property upon which an individual resides with other members of their household, including a room in a motel or hotel or a residential room for students at an education facility. Residence does not include any common areas that may be used by multiple households. Residence also includes a motor vehicle when being used for personal use by an individual or their same household.

“Face Covering” means a covering that meets the following criteria;

  • A properly worn mask that completely covers the nose and mouth.

  • Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).

  • Mask should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers.

  • Mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.

  • Mask should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.

Note that any mask that incorporates a one-way valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, bandanas, scarves, pulled up shirt collars, fabrics that let light pass through, face shields or goggles, or masks that do not fit properly are not considered a Face Covering under this Order and is not to be used to comply with this Order’s requirements.

The order does not require any child aged two (2) years or younger to wear a Face Covering. In addition, masks do not need to be worn in the following situations:

  • Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering (see additional information below);

  • Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication; 

  • Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment or actively eating or drinking;

  • Individuals who are asked to temporarily remove their Face Covering for identification purposes in furtherance of a particular service requiring legal identification;

  • Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement personnel, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel; 

  • Individuals who are actively engaged in a performing arts performance, leading religious services, or engaged in other similar activities, so long as the individual maintains at least twelve (12) feet distance from non-household members indoors; 

  • Individuals who are receiving a personal, religious, or medical service where the temporary removal of a Face Covering is necessary to perform the service; 

  • Individuals who are alone in an enclosed room or only with members of their same household in an enclosed room; 

  • Individuals who are in a swimming pool and actively engaged in a pool activity in which their Face Covering might become wet.

Medical Exemptions

Medical exemptions from wearing masks are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and in some cases Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is a business’ responsibility to follow the requirements in these regulations.
Under these rules, businesses have the responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities or who request an exemption to wearing a mask. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • Services and/or instruction provided outside, in the home, or in another setting;
  • Environmental changes to the facility (e.g. increased spacing between clients or patrons, seating people near ventilation or air purification equipment);
  • Different types of face coverings and/or face shields;
  • Use of additional PPE for staff;
  • Staffing adjustments; and
  • Masks breaks; 

A note or letter from a physician as supporting documentation for the exemption request may be required, depending on the businesses policies and processes. 

The public health orders issued by Larimer County are not intended to allow a school or other entity covered by the ADA to circumvent the required processes within those regulations. 

Face Mask Required

Businesses are required to post signage. The following can be used or a business may create their own signs.

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Local public health departments have a duty to enforce public health orders to protect the health of the communities they serve. The goal is always collaboration with businesses in order to keep our community healthy. Learn more about how we handle complaints

For detailed information, visit our Schools and Childcare page.

  • Schools and child care shall work with their local public health agencies as COVID-19 cases occur. 
  • School districts and childcare centers may set their own policies around mask-wearing and capacities that are stricter than these requirements. 

Information about COVID-19 restrictions in long-term care and assisted living facilities can be found here.

Local businesses are required to report cases of COVID-19 in their employees to the health department. For more information about outbreaks and general guidance for businesses if they were to have a case or exposure in one or more of their employees, please visit our COVID-19 outbreak page.

Sick employees should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 either through a local provider or through Larimer County community testing information. 

Mobile Vaccination Clinic Requests

If you're interested in hosting an onsite vaccination clinic for your employees or for the general public at your business or facility, please send a request to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment. There is no charge, and the Health Department coordinates staffing, logistics, and vaccine supplies. Requests can be submitted here and will be prioritized based on: 

  • The potential for the clinic to reach under-vaccinated populations in Larimer County
  • The business's willingness to partner with the Health Department to promote the clinic to staff and/or the community - creativity encouraged!
  • Vaccine availability (for example, the Pfizer vaccine is the only type of vaccine that 12-17 year olds can get) 
  • The Health Department's staffing capacity and clinic schedules

The state is also offering an on-site Workplace Vaccination Program for employers, unions, and trade associations of any size. 

FAQs

  1. Public Indoor Space,” as used in the Public Health Order, means 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, or that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public Indoor Spaces include all enclosed indoor areas except for a person’s Residence. 

  2. Masks work to reduce transmission of COVID-19 by limiting the dispersal of particles that can carry the virus when we speak, breath, sing, or yell. Mask wearing and vaccination are two of the best tools available to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Those interested in learning more about the effectiveness of masks and mask wearing to reduce COVID transmission may refer to the following resources: 

  3. Yes. Individuals who are receiving a religious service where the temporary removal of a Face Covering is necessary to perform the service do not need to wear a mask for that service to be performed (e.g. communion).

  4. Yes, both the staff and customers must wear masks.

  5. This public health order does require masks to be worn in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.  

  6. According to the current public health order, anyone age 3 and older is required to wear a mask in public indoor settings. The CDC supports and strongly recommends mask use in public indoor settings for this age group, especially in communities with continuously high levels of community transmission. Our current case rates and % positivity in Larimer County meet the CDC criteria for “high” transmission. We know it can be tricky for a small child to wear a mask. We ask parents and caregivers to do the best they can.

  7. Although children as a group have been shown have a lower risk for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, they can get sick and still spread the virus. Children’s Hospital of Colorado has a webpage where their medical experts provide additional information about this, along with frequently asked questions regarding mask use and children. Masks for Kids: What you Need to Know About Face Coverings. 

  8. Vaccination is still the most important tool we have to stop this pandemic. Vaccination is not only effective in reducing the likelihood that someone may catch COVID-19, but those who are fully vaccinated also have significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19. Each layer of prevention further reduces the risk of acquiring COVID-19, and multiple strategies such as mask-wearing, vaccination, and even adequate ventilation, can work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

  9. 35% of the Larimer County population is not yet vaccinated. All 3 of the available COVID vaccines in the United States continue to be effective at reducing COVID transmission and preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and deaths due to COVID-19. Until vaccination has a high enough uptake to contain the virus and limit transmission in our community, we will need to supplement vaccination with additional protections such as masking, contact tracing, and and other mitigation measures (increased ventilation, staying home when sick, etc.).

  10. No. The current public health order requires face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth, with 2 or more layers of breathable fabric that is tightly woven. Masks should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. A face shield may be worn in addition to, but not instead of a close-fitting face mask

  11. No. Under the current public health order, plexiglass barriers are not an acceptable substitute for mask use in public indoors settings. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.

  12. No, masks are not required in private residences, however, if people in the home are of unknown or mixed vaccination status, masks are recommended. 

  13. No. The only requirement of the current order is that masks are required in public indoor spaces.