Public Health Orders & Guidance
For information regarding past and current mask mandates, public health orders, and executive orders
COUNTY MASK MANDATE LIFTED
Effective May 21, Clear Creek County Residents, Employees, Businesses and Visitors Should Follow State of Colorado Mask Requirements
At a Special Meeting held on May 20, 2021, the Clear Creek County Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health (BOH), voted 2 to 1 to approve BOH Resolution 21-04 which rescinds all aspects of the BOH Standing Public Health Order 21-03 relating to face coverings, but maintains all aspects of the Order applicable to contact tracing. Resolution 21-04 went into effect at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021. View the full media release HERE.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
According to the State of Colorado Executive Order:
- Fully vaccinated people can go without masks in public spaces unless the setting requires otherwise.
- Unvaccinated people ages 11 and over are encouraged to continue wearing masks in all public indoor spaces where members of different households are present.
- Masks are still required in certain settings, including in schools for unvaccinated students, teachers and staff, as well as other settings which are laid out in the Executive Order.
- Local businesses may have additional mask restrictions.
- Everyone must still wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. This is required by federal law for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
For more Statewide information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit CDPHE's website.
Local Public Health Orders and Resolutions
At a Special Meeting held on May 20, 2021, the Clear Creek County Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health (BOH), voted 2 to 1 to approve BOH Resolution 21-04 which rescinds all aspects of the BOH Standing Public Health Order 21-03 relating to face coverings but maintains all aspects of the Order applicable to contact tracing. Resolution 21-04 went into effect at 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
Now, in Clear Creek County, in accordance with the recent State of Colorado Public Health Orders relating to face coverings (Executive Order of the Governor D 21-103 and Second Amended Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Order 20-38), fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear face masks in most settings, except where required by the State Orders, or by local businesses and workplaces. For those not yet vaccinated, state officials and the Clear Creek County Public & Environmental Health Department suggest that face masks still be worn in indoor settings around others. Individuals and businesses in Clear Creek should follow the face covering requirements set forth in the State Orders. In some settings, such as prisons, jails, health care facilities, and schools, Colorado will still require masks unless people can prove they are vaccinated. Businesses and other workplaces can choose whether or not to require masks for worker safety and other reasons.
View the full media release HERE.
View the newest Resolution HERE.
On April 27th, 2021, the Clear Creek County Board of Health passed Resolution 21-02 establishing local COVID-19 requirements for the coming months. As a result of State Public Health Order 20-38 allowing counties to establish local COVID-19 restrictions, Resolution 21-02 declares that all areas of Clear Creek County, including all municipalities, will implement a series of phased restrictions as we move toward reopening. For a summary of the phases see below:
Phase 1: Moving Toward Full Reopening - April 16, 2021 through May 15, 2021
- All businesses and activities within Clear Creek County must continue to follow Level Blue Mitigation Requirements set forth by the Governor's Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-36
Phase 2: Observation Period - May 16, 2021 through August 15, 2021
- Level Clear - New Normal - begins
- All businesses and activities within Clear Creek County may operate at 100% capacity with no Mitigation Requirements
- Should case rates and percent positivity increase to certain levels defined in Resolution 21-02, the BOH and the public health director will meet to discuss the implementation of a "snapback" to stricter regulations until case metrics have once again resolved
State of Colorado Public Health and Executive Orders
In March 2020, in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, Governor Polis enacted the "Stay at Home" Executive Order. In April, the Executive Order “Safer at Home” was enacted, allowing for phased re-opening; followed in June by the "Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors" Executive Order. In September, the Governor issued the "Safer at Home Dial" Public Health Order. Most recently, in November, the Governor enacted the "COVID-19 Dial" Public Health Order, amending previous versions of the COVID-19 Dial Framework, and which has since also been amended. In March 2021, the the Governor, in conjunction with CDPHE, released the new COVID-19 Dial 3.0, amending previous public health orders.
On April 15th, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE, passed Public Health Order 20-38 establishing limited statewide COVID-19 restrictions. This PHO allows Local Public Health Agencies to implement regulations at the local level. As a result, the Clear Creek County Board of Health has passed Resolution 2021-02, described above.
In addition, Governor Polis has issued a statewide mask requirement as set forth by Executive Order D 2021 103, amending and extending previous Executive Orders Ordering Individuals in Colorado to Wear Non-Medical Face Coverings in Certain Settings.
Local Emergency Disaster Declaration:
On March 17th, 2020, Clear Creek County issued a Local Disaster Emergency Declaration, County Resolution 20-26, for the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 18th, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners issued Resolution 21-27, extending the local declaration through June 9, 2021. Declaring a Local Disaster Emergency activates response and recovery aspects of emergency and disaster plans, and qualifies the county for potential state and federal financial and other assistance.