Public Health Orders
Broomfield Public Health Issues Indoor Mask Requirement for those ages 2+ or Vaccine Verification in City and County Buildings
Broomfield residents have stepped up with high vaccination rates and relatively low hospitalization rates, yet data showing a regional strain on the area’s hospitals and increased transmission of COVID-19 is compelling the City and County of Broomfield to take action, in a continued methodical and intentional approach to COVID-19, by requiring masks in all City and County of Broomfield facilities, per Public Health Order 2021-004 effective Dec. 1 - Dec. 31 (unless extended).
Public Health Order 2021-004 Requirements:
- Masks are required for all individuals (staff and patrons) age 2+ in all City and County of Broomfield Facilities including the Broomfield Library, Community Center and Paul Derda Recreation Center.
- Fully vaccinated individuals can opt out of wearing a mask by showing proof of being fully vaccinated (paper or electronic version of vaccination card) upon request.
Thank you to Broomfield’s local businesses and nonprofits who have voluntarily stepped up to strongly encourage or require masks indoors, and allow fully vaccinated individuals to opt out with proof of vaccination.
If at any time the data indicates a need for more or less mitigation measures, Broomfield is prepared to act swiftly in response.
For more than a year and a half, Broomfield has worked together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to practice patience, compliance and compassion to reduce transmission and save lives.
Broomfield Public Health Issues Indoor Mask Requirement for those ages 2-11 in schools and licensed childcare facilities effective Monday, Aug. 16.
What Does This Mean in Broomfield:
- Masks are required indoors for anyone age 2-11 in schools and licensed childcare facilities.
- Masks are recommended, but not required, for adults in schools and licensed childcare facilities.
- Masks are recommended, but not required, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings.
Why Are Masks Required in Schools and Licensed Childcare Facilities?
- Youth under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination. Masking is one of the best ways to curb transmission and protect the unvaccinated.
- Requiring masks in schools and licensed childcare facilities will help limit quarantines and outbreaks that disrupt in-person learning.
- The medical community supports masking as a way to protect children who are unable to be vaccinated; the CDC and the Colorado chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics recommend masking in schools.
- Over 98% of COVID-19 cases currently in Colorado are due to the Delta variant, which is highly infectious and especially concerning for those who are not vaccinated, including youth.
While the community had hoped the new school year would start without the requirement of masks, this is a necessary mitigation strategy to protect youth until they can be vaccinated. If you are eligible to get a vaccine, please do your part and get vaccinated! View Public Health Order 2021-03.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) published an amended public health order (20-38), detailing coordination between the state and several counties. Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Jefferson counties - as well as the City and County of Denver, and the City and County of Broomfield will enact extra protocols to prevent COVID-19 superspreader events. The protocols require that everyone be vaccinated at indoor, unseated events with more than 500 people.
Effective November 19, 2021 through December 31, 2021, the following Indoor Event requirements shall take effect:
a. All unseated, open to the public Indoor Events of 500 or more individuals in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson, and the city and county of Denver and the city and county of Broomfield shall require all individuals 12 years of age or older to be Fully Vaccinated to be admitted into the Indoor Event. This requirement is not applicable to houses of worship. Indoor Event venues with vaccine requirements or testing programs in place may continue to have a verified Negative COVID-19 Test as an option until December 1, 2021. No later than December 1, 2021 all public Indoor Events of 500 more individuals in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson, and the city and county of Denver and the city and county of Broomfield shall require proof of being Fully Vaccinated to be admitted into the Indoor Event.
This order also states that face coverings are required in some settings.
Read Public Health Order 20-38 for more information on proof of vaccination and examples of affected events, and find a convenient vaccine near you at Broomfield.org/COVIDVaccine.
View current Public Health Orders at covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders.
Regional Public Health Advisory
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH) has issued a public health advisory in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and a concern for hospital bed capacity. Governor Polis stated that if this surge continues, Colorado will need to request FEMA medical surge teams, halt elective surgeries, and hospitals may need to resort to crisis standards of care. Read the advisory, which includes recommendations on vaccination, masking, gatherings, COVID-19 testing, and more.
Please note that this is an advisory, and not an order. An advisory is a precautionary measure, whereas orders require compliance by Colorado law.