DENVER (CBS4)– The city and county of Denver have issued a new public health ordinance that updates COVID-19 guidelines. The updated requirements will go into effect Thursday, July 1st and will last through July 31st, reflecting the guidelines of the state of Colorado.
The updated regulations include:
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- Indoor events with more than 2,000 people no longer require prior approval from the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE). All indoor and outdoor events can now be fully utilized without restrictions.
- Face-covering is no longer required in any area in Denver for children between the ages of 3 and 11.
- According to state ordinance, unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age or older are no longer required to wear face covers in schools or in the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle offices.
- Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated personnel, residents and visitors to prisons, homeless shelters, and emergency medical facilities and other health care facilities will still require face-covering.
- Rapid daily tests or weekly PCR tests are recommended for unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated personnel in prisons, prisons, homeless shelters, and emergency medical facilities and other healthcare facilities.
A federal requirement for face covering on public transportation, including trains, planes, taxis, buses, Ubers and Lyfts, and other ridesharing, remains in place. The Colorado requirement for face coverings in public court settings also continues.
The city and county of Denver continue to urge all unvaccinated individuals to wear face covering, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, and get vaccinated as soon as possible in public indoor spaces. Vaccinations are free and available to anyone aged 12 and over, with or without insurance.
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As of June 30, more than 73% of Denver residents 12 and older had received their first dose of vaccine and 66.8% were fully vaccinated.
“As we continue to hear of serious illnesses and even deaths from COVID-19, this is just a reminder that these tragic consequences are now almost all preventable,” said Bob McDonald, executive director of DDPHE, in a statement. “Vaccination remains the best way to stop the virus from spreading and limit the severity of infections. Those who are fully vaccinated are also protected against coronavirus variants, including the delta variant. Vaccinating is easier than ever. Vaccines are free, documentation is not required, and many locations offer walk-up appointments. “
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Denver residents can visit Denvergov.org to find vaccination sites.