Here are answers to many questions related to the “safer-at-home” phase of Colorado and Larimer County’s coronavirus response. Wochit
Face coverings will be required in Fort Collins buildings open to the public, beginning Monday.
City Manager Darin Atteberry signed the emergency order Friday after it was discussed and unanimously supported by members in Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Face coverings will be required in:
- Any enclosed area, including retail and commercial businesses or on-site service providers, to which the public is invited or in which workers, including volunteers, from more than one household are present.
- Any city of Fort Collins building or indoor city facility.
- Any public transportation, including Transfort buses and bus shelters.
- Any other public indoor place where people are unable to maintain safe social distancing (six or more feet separation).
Exemptions to the order include:
- Anyone under the age of 10 years or children within a child care facility.
- Anyone for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition documented by a medical professional.
- Anyone working in an office or other workspace who do not have any face-to-face interactions with or share workspace with others.
- Anyone undergoing a medical or dental procedure that requires access to the person’s mouth or nose.
- Anyone on property owned or operated by the federal, state or county governments.
- Customers of banks, financial institutions and pawn shops. However, employees of these places must still wear face coverings.
The order is designed to protect and slow the spread of coronavirus as business begin to reopen under the “safer-at-home” state order.
Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and stay in place without the use of hands, such as medical masks, bandanas and cloth masks.
And businesses must post prominent signage about the policy.
Anyone who does not wear a face covering where required and who does not leave the premises when asked to do so may be charged with a misdemeanor. Any person in charge of a property where face coverings are required who does not enforce the order may also be charged with a misdemeanor.
Violations of the face covering policy may be reported online at www.fcgov.com/accessfortcollins or by calling 970-416-2200. Do not call 911 to report a violation.
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