Some cities have taken the extra step beyond encouragement and now require certain people to wear masks.
Wheat Ridge city manager Patrick Goff issued his city’s order, which requires that non-critical health care service providers like chiropractors and acupuncturists are required to wear a medical grade mask while working.
In Aspen, that includes wearing a mask or face covering inside any business and in public, both indoors and outdoors, anywhere you may come within 6 feet of someone. Failure to wear a mask could result in a $50 fine for the first offense and a $250 fine for the second offense with any additional offenses resulting in a mandatory court appearance and may include a fine up to $2,650 and/or a year in prison. That law will be in effect through at least May 27.
In Glenwood Springs, the face covering requirement includes wearing a mask anytime you leave your home. That ordinance is set to expire on May 1.
Boulder’s city council passed an emergency ordinance on Tuesday night that requires a mask to be worn whenever you go inside an essential business, like a bank, grocery store or post office, until May 9. The law stops short of stretching the requirement to trails and other outdoor spaces.
The Centers for Disease Control says wearing a mask is important because “the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity … even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.”