Public Well being Ordinance Requires Facial Protecting in Colleges and Childcare Facilities 2+ – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4)– The city and county of Denver on Tuesday passed a new public health ordinance that requires face coverings in schools and childcare facilities for everyone ages 2 and up. The new requirement for Denver will go into effect Wednesday, August 18, and will last indefinitely.

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According to Denver: “Under the new regulation, everyone aged 2 and over in Denver must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth in all schools and extracurricular activities regardless of vaccination status. The obligation to cover the face applies to pupils, teachers, employees and visitors at all public and private schools (pre-school to grade 12) and childcare facilities. The Public Health Ordinance will remain in effect indefinitely and will be updated as necessary based on Denver case numbers and vaccination rates. “

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Earlier this month, Denver passed a public health ordinance requiring personnel in high-risk environments, including schools, to be fully vaccinated by September 30th.

“While it is imperative that all eligible individuals continue to be vaccinated, masks provide additional protection for children, especially those too young to be vaccinated,” said Bob McDonald, executive director of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, in a statement. “The requirement of face coverings in schools and day-care centers protects against the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant and helps to maintain personal learning during this school year.”

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From the city and county of Denver:

The following exceptions to the mask requirement apply under certain circumstances:
• People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise live with a disability for whom full observation of facial expressions is essential for communication.
• Individuals who need to temporarily remove face covering for identification purposes.
• People actively involved in public safety, such as law enforcement agencies, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel.

Denver continued to urge that all unvaccinated or immunocompromised individuals wear face covering and practice social distancing in all public places. This also corresponds to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control.

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A state requirement for face coverings on public transportation, including public transportation, planes, buses, trains, taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts, remains in place, as does the state face cover requirement for unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated employees, residents and visitors to prisons, homeless shelters and emergency medical and other health care facilities.

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