Thursday, October 28, 2021

Pitkin County mandates public indoor masks as COVID-19 cases rise in September

Pitkin County this week joined a growing list of Colorado counties mandating public indoor masks, joining Boulder County, which reinstated an indoor mask mandate earlier in the month.

The Aspen Times reported that face masks are required in Pitkin County for everyone age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. The order, which does not apply to private residences, came into effect from Thursday.

There were 19 new cases in Pitkin County on Monday and a seven-day average of seven cases, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Pitkin County businesses and facilities that implement a mandatory vaccination policy for employees and guests may receive an indoor mask order exemption if approved by the Pitkin County Public Health Department as a fully immunized facility.

On September 3, Boulder County approved an indoor mask requirement for public places. Boulder requires the wearing of masks in all indoor public places by everyone 2 years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status. Boulder’s facade order does not include private residences.

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An indoor mask order in San Miguel County went into effect September 2 and is due to run through September 30, subject to continuous review by the county’s director of public health. San Miguel officials said limited hospital bed capacity in the area contributed to the mask mandate.

A public indoor mask mandate continues in San Juan County.

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