With the Delta variant surging, Denver has issued new public health orders requiring pre-K through 12th-grade students to wear masks at school and requiring city employees and some private-sector workers in high-risk settings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Yes, all schools and childcare facilities in the City and County of Denver are covered by this order.
All people ages 2 and older in licensed childcare facilities in the City and County of Denver are required to wear face coverings indoors.
Face coverings are required to be worn at all times indoors at schools and childcare facilities. Under the order, face coverings are not required to be worn outdoors at these facilities, though each school may implement additional outdoor masking requirements at their discretion.
The goal is education to get compliance. Similar to other public health orders in Denver, DDPHE will conduct proactive compliance checks and respond to complaints. Violations of the public health order are subject to an administrative fine as well as criminal charges that allow for up to 300 days in jail.
While Denver’s current vaccination rate is more than 72%, cases of COVID-19 are increasing in our community including cases of the highly contagious Delta variant. More of our residents need to be vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus before fall and winter months, when respiratory illnesses traditionally increase. Vaccination is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and bolster our economic recovery.
Yes, in order to provide the highest level of protection, everyone ages 2 and up must wear a face covering when indoors at schools and childcare facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
Everyone ages 2 and up must wear a face covering when indoors at schools and childcare facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
No, there are not exemptions to the face covering requirement for religious or philosophical reasons.
Face coverings may be removed when seated during meal and snack time and while actively eating and drinking.
Yes, according to the CDC, it is safe for children 2 years and older to wear a face covering. The current Denver Public Health Order requires face coverings be removed during naps and that nap mats be placed at least six-feet apart.
Per the Public Health Order, face coverings are only required indoors at schools and childcare facilities, however each school or facility may implement additional policies that may require face covering outdoors.
Yes, unless covered under a Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) exemption or under the school sports guidance.
Learn more about sports activities on our "School Sports Guidance" page.