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Masks are Required in Durango

City of Durango order #2020-08 requires all persons to wear a face-covering when entering, waiting in line to enter, and while in the following locations within the City of Durango, regardless of whether they have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 until further notice. 

Additionally on July 16, Colorado Order D 2020 138 requires all individuals over ten (10) years old must wear a face covering over their noses and mouths: 

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space
  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services

Exemptions include children age 2 or younger; and people who can’t wear face coverings due to an existing health condition or disability. Restaurant customers who are eating or drinking are not required to wear masks while seated only, but should always mask up when moving around the restaurant. 

Visit Durango joins San Juan Basin Public Health and Gov. Jared Polis in urging everyone over the age of two to please do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face-covering in a public place, regardless of whether they have fever or symptoms of COVID-19. 

Why You Should Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, when others wear a mask they protect you.

  • Masks help to protect vulnerable populations.
  • Businesses can cite the city order by requiring customers to wear masks.
  • Health officials advise using masks as more people begin to congregate in groups. 
  • Masks allow us to continue opening businesses and getting people back to work.

Where You Need to Wear a Mask

The City of Durango and State of Colorado requires wearing a face covering in all public places, including: 

  • Downtown streets and sidewalks 
  • Grocery stores & shops
  • Restaurants, esp. when waiting in line
  • Public parks, squares, spaces, grounds
  • Inside public buildings

Forgot your mask? No problem! 

  • Free masks available: Durango Welcome Center, 8th & Main. Hours: 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday 10-4pm.
  • BID Downtown Kiosk - 7th & Main. Hours:  Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 7:30 pm.
  • Many local businesses offer free masks. Just ask!

Additional Guidelines

  • You are required to wear a mask to enter a restaurant, but not while you are seated drinking or eating. Wear your mask when / if you get up to use the restroom. 
  • In retail stores, please wear your mask while shopping and while walking around downtown Durango. 
  • If you are able to safely maintain 6-feet of social distancing (about a ski’s length) then it is not necessary to wear masks while outside recreating.
  • Wearing a face mask or covering is not a substitute for keeping a social distance of six feet from anyone not in your household. 
  • Cloth masks, cloth face coverings, homemade masks and disposable masks are acceptable. N95 masks are for healthcare workers only.

Resesarch from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Recent studies supoort wearing cloth face coverings to provide source control – or help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others. The main protection individuals gain from masking occurs when others in their communities also wear face coverings.

Who Needs to Wear A Cloth Face Covering?

General public

  • CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face-covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people).
  • While cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a cloth face covering may not be feasible. In these instances, adaptations and alternatives should be considered whenever possible (see below for examples).

Who Doesn’t Need to Wear a Cloth Face Covering?

Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:

  • Children younger than 2 years old
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance
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