On Apr. 27, 2020, Wheat Ridge City Council passed Resolution 20-26 revising last week’s Mask Order beginning April 27 – May 30, 2020 requiring customers entering a critical business in Wheat Ridge to cover their nose and mouth with a facial covering.
The order applies to “critical business,” as defined by the Fourth Updated Health Order 20-24 of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, including many of the types of businesses Wheat Ridge residents visit every day such as grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants (for pick up), banks and many others and is intended to help keep employees, customers, and residents safe from contracting COVID-19. Resolution 20-26
The order requires customers to:
Wear medical or non-medical cloth face coverings, to cover their nose and mouth, when entering any such business and in conducting any interactions within such business.
“Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, our City and state are responding as quickly as possible to put measures in place to help protect our communities,” stated Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker. “Since we didn’t have a City Council meeting last week, Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff issued our initial order with the full support of City Council under the authority of the Emergency Declaration. Last night we strengthened that effort by passing a revised order by Resolution with an amendment asking for compliance.”
“We realize that some don’t feel it is necessary to wear a mask while out in public, whether that’s in businesses or on our trails and in our parks. However, the CDC has made it very clear that anyone could have the virus and not exhibit symptoms. By choosing not to wear a mask, we are putting the most vulnerable community members at risk of contracting this deadly disease. It is up to each of us to take on this critical responsibility of protecting our neighbors, friends, and family members by choosing to wear a mask whether or not we have symptoms,” continued Starker.
The City is working on a plan to make a limited supply of disposable masks available for critical businesses to hand to customers in need of a facial covering. These masks are not the N95 type used by medical personnel treating patients with COVID-19; however, they provide better filtering and fluid protection than many cloth masks which are only effective if safe distancing and hand washing are also used. More information will be available soon.
The City of Wheat Ridge, located west of Denver with a population of 31,000 residents, is home to a mix of retail/commercial businesses and unique residential neighborhoods. Wheat Ridge is a vibrant community in a prime location, providing easy access to the Denver metro area and to recreation west into the mountains. The City was recently ranked Top Smallest City by the Economic Development Council of Colorado. Info about Wheat Ridge ci.wheatridge.co.us