Northglenn Council Passes Resolution on Face Coverings
Update: On Oct. 22, 2020 Tri-County Health Department extended the mask order for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, or until amended or rescinded. The order requires face masks in indoor public spaces and in outdoor spaces whenever six-foot distancing is not maintained.
On May 18, Northglenn City Council passed resolution CR-93 regarding Wearing of Face Coverings in the Interest of Public Health.
Now that the five distribution dates have passed, Northglenn residents may pick up free masks/face coverings at City Hall during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday except holidays). If for some reason you are unable to come to City Hall, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and number of masks needed to be mailed.
Here's a handy graphic on current recommendations, and an overview on the "why" behind this decision with answers to frequently asked questions.
City Council adopted this measure based on recommendations and information from the Center for Disease Control and Tri-County Health Department, including:
1. One key transmission method for the COVID-19 virus is through respiratory droplets that people expel when they breathe, cough, or sneeze.
2. People can be infected with the COVID-19 virus and be asymptomatic but still be contagious.
3. People can also be infected and contagious 48 hours before developing symptoms when they are pre-symptomatic.
Everyone ages 3 and older should wear a face mask in public if they are medically able to. The goal is to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health of workers, residents and visitors of the city.
Do I have to wear a mask if I am running or doing some other strenuous exercise outdoors? If possible, it is recommended. If not, please keep as far away from others as possible (minimum of 6 feet) since you will be breathing hard and expelling respiratory droplets.
What if my small child refuses to wear a mask? All you can do is try!
What are the consequences if I do not wear a face covering? As of May 27 there are 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northglenn, and there are more every day. Wearing a face covering is a strong recommendation in the interest of public health, not a law; there is no fine or legal consequence. We request you show your neighbors and the community that you respect and care about them -- cover your mouth and nose when you are out and about in Northglenn public places.
"I think the evidence is clear that wearing a face covering offers protection against the spread of COVID-19," said Mayor Meredith Leighty. "I am very pleased our council chose to pass this resolution, and am confident our community will support this measure that protects the health of residents, essential workers, and especially those most vulnerable to COVID-19."