SM County: Implementing Mask Requirement in Public Indoor Spaces!

SM County: Implementing Mask Requirement in Public Indoor Spaces!

San Miguel County puts out the word: Precautionary measures implemented to curb observed increase in COVID incidence, positivity, and hospitalization rates.

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San Miguel County Public Health has implemented a county-wide public health policy requiring masks in public indoor places. The requirement went into effect Wednesday, September 1, at 11:59 pm MST and is set to expire on Thursday, September 30 at 11:59 pm MST with an option for extension. The requirement will apply to business employees and members of the public who visit public indoor places and for all individuals three years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status.

“Public indoor places” is defined broadly to include any enclosed indoor area, which is publicly or privately owned, to which the public has access by right or invitation. It includes enclosed indoor space serving as a place of employment, indoor stores, businesses, schools, common areas, offices, lobbies, and elevators. Consequently, employers should immediately implement this requirement amongst employees, contractors, customers, and anyone else within their indoor space.

“We are experiencing a significant and sustained increase in COVID cases across the county with indications of more severe disease as well,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “We can be proactive in controlling transmission to keep our schools and businesses open. Masks and vaccinations are our strongest defenses against the uncontrolled spread of COVID. As we learned last fall, a layered approach to transmission control will allow us to head into colder months and indoor gatherings better protected.”

The federal government continues to require masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. This federal mandate includes the gondola servicing Telluride and Mountain Village and all public buses throughout the county.

Businesses and entities may impose more strict requirements, but not less restrictive.

For business resources to help inform the public such as signage and social media assets, please visit the public use folder or the business resources tab on the SMC COVID webpage.

To learn more about the county’s current COVID-19 metrics, please visit the SMC COVID-19 dashboard.

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