Larimer County Mask Order Ends February 12
The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE) would like us to share with the business community that due to improving COVID-19 conditions they will be announcing that the mask order will expire on February 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Such a timeline allows for the Omicron wave to further retreat and gives families, local businesses, and schools time to prepare for the transition. In their press release, health officials are asking residents to be kind and patient in local businesses, noting that some might choose to continue to require masks in their facilities.
Declining cases and hospitalizations, a high level of community immunity, the recent availability of additional layers of protection, and expanding treatment options are the reasons health officials will no longer be requiring masks indoors in Larimer County. “In light of all of these factors, I am hopeful that we are moving toward COVID-19 being an endemic virus. While the risk remains, we now have many tools to protect against severe disease and death.” says Gonzales.
Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters, is the best way to protect against severe disease. Other science-based prevention tools like face coverings, frequent handwashing, and staying at home when sick are important to limiting the spread of the virus and reducing the likelihood of future outbreaks and disruptions.
Masks will continue to be important in limiting transmission of the virus and protecting those who are immunocompromised. After the order expires, the Health Department will continue to strongly recommend that well fitting high quality masks be worn in crowded indoor spaces to help curb outbreaks. The CDC advises those that have tested positive or are experiencing Covid like symptoms to remain home and away from others for at least 5 days after the start of symptoms. Then, to protect those around you, continue to wear a mask around others and while in public for 5 additional days after your 5 day isolation period.
As of February 12, 2022, businesses are no longer required to post signage requiring masks. The Health Department has made signs available here for those who would like to encourage masks in their facilities. The Health Department thanks the business community for their ongoing patience and partnership. Questions and comments can be sent to LCDHE at CovidConcerns@larimer.org.