Denver leaders announce indoor mask mandate

, Denver leaders announce indoor mask mandate, Nzuchi Times National News
, Denver leaders announce indoor mask mandate, Nzuchi Times National News

Masks or vaccinations will be required in most indoor settings in Denver starting Wednesday and lasting through Jan. 3.

DENVER — Masks will be required in most indoor settings in Denver starting Wednesday, Denver city leaders announced.

The requirement is part of a regional approach after new mask mandates were put in the place in other metro area counties earlier this week. Mayor Michael Hancock said Tuesday Denver’s policy would be best described as a “mask or vaccine” policy. He said businesses will be required to enforce a vaccine passport policy, where patrons must show proof of vaccination or require face coverings. It applies to those age 2 and up.

Hancock was joined by Denver Department of Public Health’s (DDPHE) Executive Director, Bob McDonald, and other regional health directors for an 11:30 a.m. briefing from Denver’s City and County Building.

>Video above: JeffCo, Tri-County Health approve mask mandates for indoor public spaces.

The news conference comes a day after health departments for three other metro area counties approved indoor mask mandates in an attempt to slow the positivity rate of COVID cases.

The Jefferson County Board of Health passed a public health order Monday evening that requires masks in public indoor spaces for those 3 years old and older.

McDonald said during the Jefferson County Board of Health meeting that Denver will be “announcing some things in the coming days.”

The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), which covers Arapahoe and Adams counties, passed a similar measure shortly after the Jefferson County vote. That order applies to people 2 years and older.

TCHD’s order does not apply to Douglas County which opted to leave the health department earlier this year and form its own health board.

, Denver leaders announce indoor mask mandate, Nzuchi Times National News

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