Free KN95 and surgical masks are being offered at many locations across the state. See the Colorado free masks page to find a location near you.
Where are masks required?
Currently, masks are optional in most public places in Pitkin County. Aspen Valley Hospital, along with local clinics and doctor’s offices will continue to require the use of masks. Some businesses and buildings may still require masks as well, please check with each location and respect any requests to mask.
Effective February 25, 2022, CDC does not require the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. Learn more from the CDC
What mask should I wear?
Pitkin County Public Health recommends individuals wear a medical-grade face covering such as a surgical mask or double masking surgical and cloth masks for the most protection.
The scale below shows mask effectiveness. Fabric can vary depending on the manufacturer, this is just a generalization.
The CDC Guide to Masks page has some great information on selecting, wearing, and caring for masks and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Respiratory Assessments page has info on respirator effectiveness and counterfeit respirators.
What is the current CDC Community Level?
Using the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level for prevention strategies
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk
- If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness
- Talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public
- If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.