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Denver's Updated Mask Mandate Holds Businesses Liable July 24,2020

Denver officials announced an update to the city’s face-covering public health order. The revised order aligns with the new statewide mask order, with several notable exceptions and additional restrictions (with items pertinent to restaurants in bold):

  • Denver will continue to mandate face coverings for all individuals three years of age or older (with some specific exemptions) until further notice; the State order moved this mandate to 11 years of age.
  • Owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces in Denver must post signs in a conspicuous place at every public entrance to the facility and restrict access for people who are not complying with the face covering requirement. Signs must be clearly visible to the public and must use a city-provided template in a size not less than 11-inches wide and 14-inches in height. Signs must be posted by July 28, 2020.
  • The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment will enhance enforcement efforts starting this week by providing additional staffing for response and coverage to evaluate compliance of high-risk social settings. Businesses will be ticketed (a court summons) if an employee does not wear a face covering or if 10 percent of customers are not wearing face coverings.
  • Bars, restaurants, and other facilities may be cited and closed if individual parties are not clearly separated by the required spacing or customers are not wearing face coverings as required.
Find more information here and the required signage here.


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