According to the CDC's new COVID-19 community transmission levels, El Paso County is currently in the low level. At all community levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, risk and level of comfort. Regardless of community level, people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
Masks are still required in specific settings outlined in Colorado Public Health Order 20-38, and as required within businesses, organizations, agencies or municipalities that may implement their own requirements.
El Paso County is listed in a low COVID-19 community level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With current high levels of vaccination and high levels of population immunity from both vaccination and infections, the risk of medically significant disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 is greatly reduced for most people, and a mask or face covering is optional. Individuals who are at high risk for severe illness are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about whether a mask or other precautions should be taken.
Wearing masks is an effective way to limit the spread of disease, along with other prevention measures like getting vaccinated and boosted, staying home when you are sick, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. It is the combination of all these prevention measures, when practiced together, that provides the highest level of protection.
The State of Colorado is offering five free KN95 or surgical grade masks per person, per month at locations throughout the state. Locations in El Paso County include the Security Fire Department, Security Public Library and Pikes Peak Library District branches. Supplies may be limited, you are encouraged to contact the site to confirm availability. For a full list of distribution sites in Colorado, visit Get Free KN95 & Surgical Grade Masks.