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Late Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 23, Lake County Public Health (LCPH) announced on behalf of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, that it would reinstitute mask requirements in Lake County facilities.

“Unfortunately we continue to experience an increasing number of COVID cases throughout our community. In light of the recent Public Health Advisory we will be requiring masks to be worn in all County facilities effective Monday, Nov 22, and at county-convened meetings and events, regardless of the vaccination status of those attending. All County facilities will have masks available for your use.”

Courtesy of CCPH and Chaffee’s Got Heart.

The new requirement applies to all those two years old or older, and will be required for entry into the Courthouse, Intermediate School Open Gym, 6th Street Gym, Library, Senior Center, Public Health and Annex.

Lake County is a winter recreation mecca, and LCPH notes that active participants of winter recreation programming may choose to wear a mask while playing,or not. But they are requesting that all spectators and non-participants mask-up. “Once a participant has finished their activity we ask that you mask up or leave the facility,” they add.

“Our objective is to keep everyone safe, healthy and able to participate in County programs as we begin to spend more time indoors. Masking is one effective way to decrease the spread along with vaccination, hand washing, and staying home when sick. It is important to keep yourself and fellow community members safe and healthy.”

LCPH, like most Colorado county public health departments, continues to reinforce that the best way to protect against the OCVID-19 virus and to slow down the spread of COVID is to get vaccinated.  Lake County is offering FREE vaccines (1st, 2nd, and booster shots) on December 11th at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Sign up for a vaccine here.

The next Lake County Community Vaccination Center is planned for December 11 at CMC and a targeted 5-11 age group clinic is planned for December 3rd at the Lake County Public Library.

This mask policy (just as the mask policy instituted by Chaffee County Public Health) is based on data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  They concluded by saying “Our staff will be wearing masks and we appreciate your support and mask-wearing as we navigate this dynamic and difficult pandemic”.