Larimer County’s Mask Mandate Coming to an End
The ninth and hopefully final amended public health order that requires masks in indoor public spaces will come to an end in February.
According to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, the current mask mandate will expire at 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2022. LCDHE as cited overall case trends following the surge of the Omicron variant is now declining.
According to LCDHE, the seven-day case rate has declined 38 percent since the peak that occurred on January 14, 2022. Larimer County Public Health Director, Tom Gonzales, said: "While the use of face masks in crowded indoor setting has been an important mitigation measure over the past two years, I believe it is the right time to end the requirements based on positive trends we're seeing with the Omicron variant."
Poudre School District Responds to the Expiring Mask Order
Poudre School District Superintendent, Brian Kingsley, sent out correspondence to families of students that attend school in the Poudre School District shortly after the announcement of the expiring mask mandate.
The email states that masks are still required at all PSD facilities. PSD has not yet determined what Larimer County's announcement means for PSD's current protocol when it comes to masking requirements. A district decision will be made as soon as possible.
Masks Still Required at Some Facilities in Larimer County
Some state and federal locations will still require face masks after the Larimer County mask mandate ends. Those locations include:
- Shelters for people experiencing homelessness
- Prisons and jails
- Community corrections programs and facilities
- Emergency medical and other healthcare settings (hospitals, ambulatory, surgical centers, urgent care centers, clinics, doctors' offices, and non-urgent care medical structures)
- Public transit services
To find out more about the end of the ninth mask mandate for Larimer County, click HERE.
Source: Larimer County
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