Public Health Orders

Updated Public Health Order

Last updated: September 3, 2021

The City and County of Denver has issued a number of public health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Denver and, ultimately to save lives. Under current public health orders, there are vaccine and face covering requirements for specific personnel and in certain settings in Denver. 

The public health and face covering orders take effect Monday, August 2.


Read the Public Health Order: Vaccine Mandates for City Employees and Personnel in High Risk Settings(PDF, 207KB)(PDF, 241KB)  

Read the Public Health Order: School & Childcare Mask Mandates - August 17, 2021(PDF, 236KB)

Spanish - Public Health Order: School & Childcare Mask Mandates - August 17, 2021(PDF, 320KB)

The public health order contains the following guidance:

Face coverings

All individuals ages 2 and older in Denver must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth when indoors at all schools and school-based extracurricular activities regardless of vaccination status. The face covering requirement applies to students, teachers, staff, and visitors at all public and private schools (preschool through grade 12) and childcare facilities. Face coverings are still required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff, residents, and visitors in jails, homeless shelters, and emergency medical and other healthcare settings.

Separately, a federal requirement for face coverings on public transportation, including public transit networks, airplanes, buses, trains, taxis, Ubers and Lyfts continues, as does a State requirement for face coverings in public-facing court settings.


With the COVID-19 Delta variant surging across much of the nation, Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that all city employees, as well as private-sector workers in high-risk settings, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30.

The new Public Health Order applies to the city’s municipal workforce of more than 10,000 employees, including police officers, firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies. The requirement also applies to workers in congregate-care settings such as nursing homes, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, hospitals, and correctional facilities, as well as teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions. After Sept. 30, unvaccinated individuals who are required by this mandate to be vaccinated will not be permitted to work onsite or in the field.

Employees covered by this requirement will need to receive their final doses of the vaccine by Sept. 15. The City will work closely with employers to provide guidance on enforcement and accountability of this mandate. An online toolkit for employers is available at this link -

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Businesses in Denver:

  • There will be no capacity limits in offices, retail businesses, restaurants, personal services, or bars.
  • Restaurants will have no limit on party size.
  • Gyms, recreation centers, and pools can continue to operate at full capacity and will no longer have distancing requirements.

With the removal of the capacity and social distancing requirements for businesses, the Denver 5 Star program will be suspended, and applications will no longer be accepted. Should restrictions be re-imposed in the future, the program may resume.

Events in Denver:

All indoor and outdoor events can now operate at full capacity with no restrictions.

Unvaccinated Denverites are still strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in indoor public settings, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations are free and readily available to anyone, with or without insurance. People who are fully vaccinated are highly protected against COVID-19 including the variants. 


Read the Colorado State Public Health and Executive Orders

Find all current public health orders and additional page on the Response & Plans page