Cover for Us. Your mask protects me, My mask protects you.
Lafayette Face Covering Order
At a special meeting on May 13, the Lafayette City Council enacted a Face Covering Order that requires face coverings to be worn at all times when inside a business.
This Order is in effect immediately and will remain in effect until terminated by City Council.
Ages 12 and younger, and individuals with a disability or medical condition, for whoma face covering would cause impairment, are exempted from wearing face coverings. Read the full Face Covering Order and the list of those exemptions here.
Are you a Lafayette business?
Read Mayor Harkin’s letter to Lafayette businesses regarding the Face Covering Order.
Download a Face Coverings Required poster for your business.
Need a face covering? Want to donate face coverings?
The Lafayette Public Library (775 W. Baseline Road) will have free face coverings available for pick up as soon as a curbside pickup program is available (tentatively late May – please check back for updates).
Do I need to wear a cloth face covering in the community to prevent COVID-19?
- At a special meeting on May 13, the Lafayette City Council enacted a Face Covering Order that requires face coverings to be worn at all times when inside a business.
- Boulder County to require face coverings beginning May 9.
- Beginning on Saturday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 26, 2020 facial coverings must be worn in public anywhere in Boulder County where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. A facial covering mandate can work in concert with reduced social distancing restrictions during the Safer-At-Home to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by reducing exposure to the virus to protect vulnerable populations and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.
- You can make or buy a covering that will cover your mouth and nose. See this web page for details on making a mask: coloradomaskproject.com
- Executive Order D 2020 039 orders workers at critical businesses to wear non-medical face coverings while at work and wear gloves (if gloves are provided by an employer).
Why are we being asked to wear cloth face coverings?
- Information from Boulder County: After looking closely at modeling data by the CU School of Public Health which suggests that 50% use of face coverings that are even 50% effective (a reasonable estimate based on lab studies) could, even with imperfect use, reduce infectiousness from asymptomatic persons by 13% and could thus is an important component of relaxing social distancing measures and re-opening businesses.
Most public health experts agree that there is enough information to say that face coverings will reduce the spread of large droplets, and that face masks are one important tool to use in conjunction with others. Proper donning and doffing of face coverings, appropriate laundering of face coverings, and continued vigilance in washing hands and not touching the face are important components to the effectiveness of face coverings.
We must use every tool possible to halt the spread of the disease – and facial coverings where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, along with testing, and contact tracing of people that have been exposed are important strategies.
Shouldn’t we be wearing disposable or surgical masks?
- No. We must keep medical masks for health care providers and first responders who are exposed to heavy amounts of the virus when caring for sick people. Cloth face coverings can help the rest of us help them by potentially limiting the spread of the virus.
Where do I get a cloth face covering?
- You can make or buy your own. You can use a bandanna or scarf. The CDC has a video on making your own mask, or Google CDC cloth masks.
Where to purchase Face Coverings:
- The Colorado Mask Project – Free face coverings locally
- The Hidden Treasure 2 -Longmont, CO – Free face coverings locally
- Extreme Pro Apparel -Broomfield, CO – Retail sales face coverings
- Alexanders Aesthetics II – Louisville, CO
- National retailers online – Retail sales face coverings:
How should a cloth face covering fit?
- Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
How do I clean and sterilize my cloth face covering?
- Wash your cloth face covering regularly with your regular laundry.
How do take off the cloth face covering?
- Be careful to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your face covering, and wash your hands right after you remove it.
Where can I find out more?
- CDC’s web page is an excellent resource.