Metro Counties Now Recommending (Not Requiring) Indoor Masks

Time to unbury your head from the sand.

Angled red sandstone cliffs in Roxborough State Park in Douglas County, Colorado. Houses and evergreens in foreground.
Douglas County was one of Colorado's first to ditch masks. Now it's recommending everyone—vaccinated or not—wear them indoors again. / © poendl @

Jefferson, Broomfield, Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties are now strongly recommending—though not (yet) requiring—everyone, vaccinated or not, wear masks indoors. It’s an unwelcome development that comes halfway through Hot Vax Summer (we can only hope the New York City Health Department responds to the recent surge in infections with another spectacularly kinky guide to doing the deed and the Delta variant).

The following information comes from the Colorado Restaurant Association’s July 30 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here.

Over the past two days, several Colorado counties have endorsed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated masking and testing guidance in light of the spread and contagiousness of the Delta variant. Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Jefferson County Public Health, and the Tri-County Health Department (serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties), all of which fall in areas of substantial and high transmission, have endorsed the CDC’s guidance, strongly recommending that everyone over the age of two years wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

You can read the Broomfield County guidance here.
You can read the Jefferson County guidance here.
You can read the Tri-County Health guidance here.

That said, there are no state, county, or city mandates yet in place, so decisions about masks for staff and guests should be made by individual restaurant owners and operators. We are in daily contact with the Governor’s office, county health offices, and city officials, and will keep you apprised of any new information we learn.

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