Mask Guidance

Who Should Wear a Face Covering?SaferAtHome_GuidanceSocial_MaskWearing

JCPH strongly recommends that individuals wear a non-medical mask or cloth face covering when leaving home, especially in settings where you will be around others who do not live in your immediate household. Face coverings should not be worn by young children under age 3, anyone who has medical conditions that prevent them from wearing it or anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.

Additionally, employees who interact with the public and those who cannot maintain at least six feet of distance from coworkers are required to wear a mask or face covering according to the statewide Safer-at-Home order. For more information on those requirements, please review the industry specific guidance for your business.

Note: Some local jurisdictions in Jefferson County require everyone to wear a mask (both individuals and employees) — please always consult your local jurisdiction’s requirements. 

Why Wear a Face Covering? 

Cloth face coverings prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. If everyone wears a cloth face covering when out in public, such as when going to the grocery store, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 can be reduced for the community. Since people can spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a cloth face covering can protect others around you.

Quick Tips

  • Wash your hands before and after putting your face covering in place.
  • Make sure your face covering fits snugly and covers your mouth and nose.
  • Do not touch the face covering again until you remove it.
  • Masks should be positioned so that there is no need to adjust or otherwise touch the face frequently.
  • If your mask becomes soiled or hard to breathe through, you should remove and not wear again until laundered.
  • Remove your mask to eat and drink and if it is still in good repair, you may continue to use it.

Find more guidance from CDPHE here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I get a face covering?
  2. How do I wear it?
  3. How do I clean it?
  4. If not wearing it, can a business turn me away?
  5. Should I wear it when being active?
  6. Who should wear medical-grade masks?

Where can I get a face covering?

Many online retailers are selling masks. However, you can also make one using common materials you already have at home. Instructions for making homemade masks can be found at the Colorado Mask Project.

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