May 1, 2020
DENVER – The City and County of Denver is issuing a public health order requiring people in certain public settings to wear a face covering beginning May 6, 2020 and lasting until further notice. Mayor Michael B. Hancock, through the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), issued the public health order today to protect public health and further prevent the spread of COVID-19. The city is also offering guidelines for residents to ensure compliance.
“When we’re at the grocery store, work or any other business, my face covering protects you and your face covering protects me,” Mayor Hancock said. “The virus isn’t going away any time soon. By wearing a face covering, you're doing your part to reduce the spread of infections and keep everyone safer.”
Per the public health order, residents and employees will be required to wear face coverings while inside of, or waiting in line to enter, certain businesses, facilities or locations – such as any retail or commercial business, at a bus stop or facilities offering health care services. The Public Health Order from DDPHE, which outlines where wearing a face covering is mandatory for residents and employees, is available online.
The Order defines a face covering as a covering:
Residents need to take this face covering order seriously, as they did with the stay at home order. Multiple agencies will be involved in enforcement, with the goal of compliance and keeping everyone safe through education.
The use of limited medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE), such as surgical and N-95 rated masks, should be reserved for health care workers and first-responders. Fabric or other porous face-coverings, including both commercially produced, as well as homemade ones, are suitable for all community residents to comply with the mandatory order.