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Here are the Colorado cities, counties where face masks are required in essential businesses

There is no statewide order, but local governments are approving their own sets of rules for face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DENVER — While Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) has recommended that people wear homemade face masks whenever they interact with others, there is no statewide order mandating it.

Employees at essential businesses like grocery stores are now required to wear face masks, but their customers aren’t.

The governor has made his opinion on masks very clear, at one point imploring Coloradans to "wear a damn mask." 

Without a statewide mandate, some Colorado cities and counties have taken it upon themselves to order the use of face coverings within their boundaries.

Here’s a list of the places that have done it so far. Watch the video player above for a tutorial about making your own cloth mask. 

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Adams County 

Adams County, which is part of the Tri-County Health Department, will require face masks to be worn by customers inside essential businesses and in places where social distancing is not possible beginning on July 24. 

There are exceptions for people with medical issues that preclude them from wearing masks and for children under 2. 

Read the full health order here. 

Arapahoe County

Arapahoe County is also part of Tri-County Health and has the same restrictions. Under that order, individual cities or municipalities can opt out. 

Douglas County has already done so and said it would form its own health department because of it. 

If you missed it above, you can read the full Tri-County health order here. 


Aspen adopted a rule on Monday night requiring everyone within city limits to wear face masks wherever they interact with other people. 

This is both indoors and outdoors, 9NEWS partner The Aspen Times reports.

The rule will be in effect until at least July 15. 


Boulder’s City Council approved a face mask order on April 28. It went into effect immediately.

Under the order, everyone – including employees, vendors and customers – inside critical businesses is required to wear some form of face covering. Employees who don’t come in contact with the public are not required to do so.

Boulder defined face coverings as scarves, bandannas or homemade masks that cover the nose and mouth.

Read the full order here.

Boulder County

On May 9, the Boulder County Board of Health approved a Public Health "Face Covering" Order that requires every person older than 12 years old to wear a face covering when in public anywhere in Boulder County, where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

Read the full order here.


Denver's face mask order went into effect on May 6. 

The order requires people to wear a face covering while inside or in line for essential businesses, healthcare facilities and public transportation. 

The full order is available here.


Englewood City Council voted to issue an emergency order mandating mask-wearing for all residents when they are outside of their home.

The order, that went into effect on June 9, requires anyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering while inside a businesses, government offices and public transit. 

According to the order, masks must be worn in the following situations: 

  • When inside, or in line to enter, any retail or commercial business or governmental service. 
  • When obtaining services at healthcare operations
  • When waiting for or riding on public transportation (including without limitation any bus, RTD bus, or RTD light rail), paratransit, or while they are riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle.


Erie Mayor Jennifer Carroll extended, to all of Erie, a Boulder County order requiring face coverings. The order went into effect on Saturday, May 9. 

The order is necessary to have consistent requirements throughout Erie because Weld County is not expected to issue an order similar to Boulder County’s, the town said. 

Glenwood Springs 

Glenwood Springs was the first city to adopt a mask order near the beginning of April. 

Under the order, masks are required anytime people enter critical businesses where they interact with others. 

Like the Wheat Ridge order, it does not require masks for people under the age of 2 or who have a preexisting health condition. 

Read more here.

Larimer County

Larimer County's Health Department issued an order requiring face coverings when entering and inside businesses. 

This extends to the employees at the businesses as well as all customers over the age of 2 years old. 

Read more about the order here.

Lone Tree

The City of Lone Tree requires that all employees and customers inside local businesses wear face masks until further notice. 

It was effective beginning on May 8 and relies on voluntary compliance. 

Read the full order here.


The City of Loveland said it will adopt Larimer County's mask order. 

This extends to the employees at the businesses as well as all customers over the age of 2 years old. 

Read more about the order here.

Routt County

Routt County requires face masks inside essential businesses, and that all employees self-screen for COVID-19 -- something that includes tracked temperature checks. 

Failure to comply with this public health order could come with a $5,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail. 

Read the full order here.

Summit County

Under an April Summit County health order, employees and customers of non-essential businesses are required to wear face coverings, as well as in outdoor spaces where it's impossible to maintain six feet of separation. 

Read the full order here. 


The City of Superior issued an order effective May 4 requiring that everyone inside essential businesses or other public facilities wear face masks. 

You can read the full order here.

Wheat Ridge 

The Wheat Ridge City Council approved an order requiring masks in critical businesses from April 27 until further notice. Their order says face coverings are not required for people with medical conditions where masks could hinder breathing.

They’re also not required for children under the age of 2.

Wheat Ridge said it is working on a plan to make a limited supply of disposable masks that will be available in critical businesses for people who have forgotten face coverings.

Read an FAQ about the policy here.

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