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Face Covering Order: Frequently Asked Questions#

What is a face covering?highlight_off

A face covering means a piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains in place without the use of one’s hands. Face Coverings include, but are not limited to, bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks and gaiters. Sew and no sew cloth face coverings here.

Why should I wear a face covering?highlight_off

Washing hands, maintaining physical distance, staying home when exposed or not feeling well, and wearing a face covering properly when in public are all effective ways to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Getting vaccinated will also help end the pandemic and keep our community healthy and open. 

Vaccine Information

When am I required to wear a face covering?highlight_off

Everyone over the age of 11:

  • Wear a mask when entering or on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation. 
  • When required to by a business.

Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated Individuals: 

  • In all public indoor spaces where members of different households are present 
  • For unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated  students, teachers, and staff in schools.
  • For unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents, staff and visitors to congregate care facilities, including nursing facilities, assisted living residences, intermediate care facilities and group homes.
  • For unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents in prisons and jails.
  • For unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated personnel in emergency medical and other health care settings, including hospitals, ambulance service centers, urgent care centers, non-ambulatory surgical structures, clinics, doctors' offices, and non-urgent care medical structures.

Additional State Guidance

Does my child need to wear a face covering?highlight_off

Per the Larimer County Public Health Order, children under the age of two are not required to wear a face covering. Childcare facilities should continue to follow state guidelines. 

Do I need to wear a face covering if I have an existing health condition?highlight_off

If a face covering would cause you impairment due to an existing health condition, documented by a medical professional, you are not required to wear a mask. 

How do I know if my face covering fits?highlight_off

Following the Centers for Disease Control guidance, the public is strongly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings that: 

  • Fit snug and comfortably against the side of the face; 
  • Are secured with ties or ear loops; 
  • Include multiple layers of fabric; 
  • Allow for breathing without restriction; and 
  • Are able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. 
How do I wash my face covering?highlight_off

Below are instructions from the CDC for washing and drying your face covering:

Washing Machine

  • You can include your face covering with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.

Washing by Hand

  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
    • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

Make sure to completely dry cloth face covering after washing.

Dryer 

  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

Air Dry

  • Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the cloth face covering in direct sunlight.