Town of Vail imposes new mask mandate
Order takes effect Aug. 23 for all town-owned buildings
Access to public buildings in Vail will require all patrons to wear face coverings beginning Monday, Aug. 23. An emergency order was signed late Friday by Vail Town Manager Scott Robson authorizing the protective measures until further notice.
The emergency order follows a recent surge of Delta variant COVID-19 cases in the area and nationwide, along with epidemiological evidence that shows that unvaccinated individuals fuel increased rates of community transmission.
The requirement applies to all members of the public, regardless of vaccination status, who enter town of Vail buildings. This includes the municipal complex, Vail Public Library, town welcome centers, fire stations, transit centers and public works shops. Exemptions to the face covering requirement include persons 2 years of age or younger and persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.
Masks are already mandated on public transit because of a federal requirement, which has now been extended to Jan. 18, 2022.
Town employees who cannot otherwise provide proof of vaccination status will also be required to wear face coverings beginning Monday.
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To view a copy of the emergency order, go to http://www.vailgov.com.
What hasn’t returned at this point is mask mandates for private businesses in town, or the outdoor mask mandate for the town’s resort villages. That mandate was imposed in November 2020 and was repealed in April.