DENVER (CBS4) – Denver and surrounding counties are extending orders requiring everyone 2 years of age or older to wear a face covering indoors or present proof of vaccination through February 3.
If a business or location can verify that at least 95% of people in the establishment (including employees and customers) are fully immunized, there will be no need for face coverings.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock said: “As the Omicron variant continues to spread this holiday season and hospital capacity remains strained, we cannot give it up right now.
“After the public health order went into effect in November 2021, Denver’s average one-week positivity rate dropped below 5%, but it has rapidly begun to increase over the past two weeks,” officials said. official said. “Cases and hospitalizations are expected to continue to increase as community transmission of the Omicron variant becomes commonplace. ”
Officials are also encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose.
“Boosters provide the highest level of protection against the Omicron variant and prevent serious illness and hospitalizations,” officials said. “Everyone 16 years of age and older should get a booster dose six months after a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”
While there may be breakthrough cases, vaccination will protect against severe illness and hospitalization. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, enhanced Coloradans are 47 times less likely to be hospitalized than unvaccinated Coloradans.
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/12/28/mask-order-denver-neighboring-counties-extended-february-3/ Mask order in Denver and surrounding countries extended to February 3 – CBS Denver