Public Health Orders

Current Public Health Order

The public health face covering order is in effect until Jan. 3, 2022 unless rescinded or extended.

Last updated: Nov. 24, 2021

With COVID-19 surging across the state and hospital capacity threatened, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by metro-area public health leaders, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 announced a new face covering order for Denver as part of a coordinated approach to prevent the region’s hospital system from collapsing. 

Face coverings are required indoors for everyone age two and older in all public indoor spaces. These spaces include but are not limited to: common areas of apartment buildings, offices, gyms, shops, cultural facilities, restaurants, bars and night clubs.

  • Face coverings are not required while seated at a food service establishment or actively eating or drinking.
  • Signage is required to be place at all entrances indicating that face coverings are required inside your facility

Facilities must require face coverings for all indoor spaces OR choose to operate as a fully vaccinated facility and verify proof of full vaccination before entry. More information is available about the indoor face covering requirement and becoming a fully vaccinated facility.

As an alternative: businesses and venues can voluntarily implement a vaccine verification check. Businesses can opt to become a fully vaccinated facility in which case face coverings will not be required indoors.

  • To become a fully vaccinated facility, a business must first contact DDPHE. The business will then receive confirmation of their attestation and signage indicating vaccines are required in that facility.
  • Any indoor venue, including office buildings and event spaces, are required to follow this process if they choose to require proof of vaccination instead of face coverings.

Businesses operating as fully vaccinated facilities must comply with all the standards set through the public health order and ensure that at any given time 95% of people inside the facility are vaccinated. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes, but is not limited to an original vaccination card, a digital pass via smartphone application like the MyColorado App, or digital photos or photocopies of original vaccination cards.

  • Businesses must have a record of their process of verifying proof vaccination, however, businesses may choose their method of recording information.

Other State and County Public Health Order Information

This public health order does not change face covering requirements in schools and childcare facilities, where masks have been required since August. Proof of vaccination is required for unseated, public events of more than 500 people in metro Denver, per the recent order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Additionally, employees working in high risk settings and employees for the City and County of Denver are required to be fully vaccinated.