Masks and face coverings
Public Health strongly recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
El Paso County, CO – Today El Paso County received news that both the multi-sector variance request submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on June 9 and the increased capacity variance request submitted on June 24 were approved almost in their entirety, effective immediately.
The variance requests as they were initially submitted requested increased capacity for a variety of sectors and activities.
Under the approved request from CDPHE, the following are now approved at the capacities listed below:
“This approval represents the collective efforts of our incredible community partners, working together to forge a path forward with innovative and safe solutions,” said Dr. Robin Johnson, El Paso County Public Health Medical Director. “While we are excited to learn of this most recent approval, we want to remind residents that our continued success as a community depends on our ability to remain diligent in practicing prevention measures such as wearing a mask in public, practicing physical distancing, frequently washing hands with soap and water, and staying home when sick.”
“I am very pleased that CDPHE has approved this variance for multiple industries. This policy recognizes that business facilities are not all the same size, and that customer visitation logically is scaled according to capacity,” said Dirk Draper, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. “With this, Public Health has just saved time for scores of businesses in our region, and again is leading the way with innovation.”
“The fact that we received this approval is a sign of all the hard work our citizens and our local governments have done to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Board Chair Mark Waller. “As Commissioners, we are proud to have supported this broad-based, collaborative approach to getting our economy on track and people back to work. This is a great step towards our region’s positive response, recovery, and resiliency to COVID-19.”