1.) Boulder County Health statement on new Mask requirement
2.) Town of Lyons statement
3.) CO Dept. of Public Health and Environment press conference 9/8/21
Statement issued by Boulder County Health: Masks required
The Boulder County Board of Health approved Public Health Order 2021-08 tonight requiring facial coverings for anyone 2+ in public indoor spaces during periods of substantial or high-transmission of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. The order goes into effect today, September 3rd at 5pm.
The order can be found here to review and key components of the order are detailed below. And you can find the press release here.
You will also find the following information detailed below:
Boulder County Mask Order Update
New Mask Signage – Sign REQUIRED at every business – https://bit.ly/BOCOMaskSignage
Next Industry Support Session on Vaccinations – September 9th at 12:30pm (register at https://bit.ly/BusinessVaccinations_0909)
Previous Session Recording
Tracking the Data
Quarantine and Isolation Links
Efficacy of Mask Mandates
Be on the lookout for another email early next week with more resources on testing and vaccinations, as well as more information on the “Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility” program.
BOULDER COUNTY MASK ORDERS
Boulder County Indoor Mask Order – Public Health Order 2021-08
View the full press release – https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/COBOULDER/bulletins/2efa4b0
To support the safety of all the community members, including children who are not eligible for vaccination, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) issued Public Health Order 2021-08. The order, approved by Board of Health on Sept. 2, requires mask wearing in all indoor public spaces for all individuals 2 years and older regardless of vaccination status and will go into effect on Friday, Sept. 3 at 5pm.
Here are the key components of the order:
Public Health Order 2021-08 requires that all individuals age two and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces in Boulder County.
Public Indoor Spaces: The Order applies to public indoor spaces, including but not limited to public transportation, private and public offices, retail stores, personal services, restaurants, bars, event centers, gyms, recreation centers, and manufacturing facilities. The Order does not apply to private homes, although Boulder County Public Health recommends wearing a face covering when around individuals from another household, particularly if at least one individual is not fully vaccinated.
Outdoor Spaces: The Order does not require wearing a mask in any outdoor space. Whenever possible, businesses and individuals should participate in activities with members of different households outside.
Limited Exemptions (Particular Individuals):Individuals under the age of 2 = Those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering – Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering may be exempt from the Order in circumstances required by federal or state law due to a disability or other covered legal circumstance. Businesses should review the State’s Civil Rights Guidance and consult with an attorney as appropriate.
Limited Exceptions (Temporary Activities): The Order does have limited exceptions for individuals to remove their mask while performing or participating in the following activities for the duration of that activity only: Individuals who are hearing impaired, or otherwise disabled, or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired, or otherwise disabled, and where the ability to see their mouth is essential to communication; Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment or actively eating or drinking;
Individuals who are asked to temporarily remove their Face Covering for identification purposes in furtherance of a particular service requiring legal identification;
Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement personnel, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;
Individuals who are actively engaged in a performing arts performance, leading religious services, or other similar activities, so long as the individual maintains at least twelve (12) feet distance from non-household members indoors;
Individuals who are receiving a personal, religious, or medical service where the temporary removal of a face covering is necessary to perform the service;
Individuals who are alone in an enclosed room or only with members of their same household in an enclosed room;
Individuals who are in a swimming pool and actively engaged in a pool activity in which their face covering might become wet; and
Individuals participating in certain indoor sports activities as permitted by Boulder County Public Health’s sports guidance.
Individuals inside an Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility whose owner or operator has submitted and obtained explicit approval from Boulder County Public Health for an exception or exceptions to this mask order as defined in the Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility Guidance. More details to come.
Required Signage: All businesses must post signs at entrance(s) instructing individuals of their legal obligation under this Order. See signage options below.
Order Expiration: Masks are required in indoor spaces during periods of substantial and high transmission on the CDC Tracker. If Boulder County is in substantial or high transmission status for five consecutive days, masks are required in public indoor spaces. Once transmission decreases to moderate or low levels for 21 consecutive days, masks will no longer be required in public indoor spaces. However, individuals may still choose to wear them, and businesses may still implement policies requiring them.
Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility Program: The Order does offer businesses and facilities, that choose to implement a mandatory vaccination policy for their employees and guests, the option of allowing removal of the mask for those individuals within their facility. This is a voluntary program that allows businesses to develop their own policies to encourage and require vaccinations while meeting their specific demographic, community and business needs. More details will be available soon.
Masks: Boulder County recommends wearing a surgical mask, N95, or KN95 when possible, though cloth masks that comply with CDC mask guidance meet the requirements of the order.
Please refer to the Boulder County Public Health site for the most recent Q&A and mask order updates – https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19-information/face-coverings/#individuals-mask.
Masks Required In PK-12 and Childcare Settings
To protect health and support continued in-person learning in PK-12 schools and childcare settings, Boulder County Public Health previously issued Public Health Order 2021-07 requiring facial coverings, and that order is still in effect.
See full press release at Boulder County Public Health Issues Public Health Order to require facial coverings in schools PK-12 and childcare settings (govdelivery.com)
View Boulder County’s FAQ page for clarification – Boulder County COVID-19 School Guidance – Boulder County
MASK SIGNAGE – SIGN REQUIRED AT EVERY BUSINESS
New Regional Mask Signs for Businesses to Use (English and Spanish) – https://bit.ly/BOCOMaskSignage
Masks Required (ATTACHED)
Masks Highly Recommended (Regardless of Vaccination Status) – no longer relevant with indoor mask order – DO NOT USE.
Masks Required for Unvaccinated – no longer relevant with indoor mask order – DO NOT USE.
Our Staff is Wearing Masks to Protect You
Please Keep a Mask Handy
Our Staff is 100% Vaccinated
There are two versions of every sign – one with logos at the bottom for City of Boulder businesses and one without logos for other parts of Boulder County.
Additional State of Colorado Mask Signs – English | Spanish
INDUSTRY SUPPORT SESSIONS
COVID-19 Cross-Industry Update – Business Vaccination Programs – Thursday, September 9th at 12:30 pm – register at https://bit.ly/BusinessVaccinations_0909
This meeting will focus on business vaccination programs, including incentives, mandates, and more. Regional public health leaders will be joined by business leaders and employer agencies to discuss program and answer questions.
Purpose of Support Sessions: Boulder County Public Health and your local Boulder County chambers and economic development partners invite you to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, variants affecting our community and current public health orders / recommendations. The purpose of these sessions is to minimize confusion, get questions answered, hear updates on next steps, and discuss best practices within the industries. Zoom information sent prior to the meeting.
Town of Lyons
This is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the situation in Lyons / Boulder County / State of Colorado — as stated at the September 7, 2021 Town of Lyons Board Meeting by Lyons Town Administer Victoria Simonson:
Boulder County Public Health Order went into effect on September 3 – indoor mask mandate.
147 / 100,000 cases. High Transmission in Boulder County. (Last week 139 / 100,000)
Clear Creek, Weld, Grand County are all above 300 / 100,000 cases.
Longmont and Boulder Wastewater is showing much higher rates than the data.
Historically, this means a spike is on the way.
Testing 2,000 people per day. National supply and demand problem with testing supplies.
Cases in children are still increasing.
Disproportionate number of cases in Longmont
Hospitals and Health system under major stress with capacity and staffing.
Seeing a small increase in vaccinations since FDA Approval of Pfizer
51 Businesses have chosen to participate in the Vaccine Passport program.
New Exposure Guideline Flowchart.
Educating, minor enforcement, for the new order. Professional licenses can be withheld or taken for not following the order. Schools that have willful violations (Twin Peaks Charter School) (Flatirons Community Church)
Stazio Field and Longmont free testing will remain open for next few months. CDPHE committed to supporting them to remain open. Nederland testing on Thursdays. Mako medical had backup with 50,000 tests and long turn around times for results. Need to be within 48 hours.
Business Sector updates: PPE needed in businesses. May be facing a national supply issue again. Many companies now instituting ordering limits. Businesses did not have much time and were confused about the different plans and need more succinct messaging.
REPORT FROM CO DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT 9/8/21 (press conference).
Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) gave an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts
Cases in Colorado as of June 21 — approximately 300 cases vs. 1,000+ now
There might be a Holiday weekend lag in the data.
In January the 50 age group was highest, but now highest rate is 6 to 11 year old population (too young to be vaccinated), then the 17 year old range is next.
Hospitalized: 891 people are currently in the hospital, the highest number since January.
Statistics still show that most of the people in the hospital are unvaccinated.
The older population accounts for most deaths (median age 79).
Wear a mask if you are in close contact with those of higher risks; or if you are in the higher risk category.
If you are vaccinated == You are 5.8 times less likely to die from COVID; and 3.7 times less likely to be hospitalized for COVID; and 3.4 times less likely to become a COVID case.
74.7% in Colorado have received at least one dose=
ages 12-17 = 56.3%
18-39 = 65.9%
40-64 = 74.6%
65 and older = 89.2%
Larimer County Health Department
See the one hour presentation: WEBINAR 9/2/21
Discussed are the school system actions, hospitals being overwhelmed, urging population to get vaccinated.
7 day case rate is 217 out of 100,000
It was 22
7 day test positive 6.8%
Was 8.1% a week ago
Testing is provided all week at no cost
For vaccines; my health connection web page. (includes undocumented people)
The ICU are at capacity; hospitalizations due to COVID are 91.
(for 2 weeks we have been at 95%, and more than 40% are covid patients, and most are unvaccinated)
Go to Larimer.org for more information.