Mask Guidance for the General Public

Effective July 14 at 5 p.m., The Jefferson County Public Health Department (JCPH) issued an Emergency Public Health Order that requires Jefferson County residents and visitors to wear a mask or cloth face covering when outside of a private residence, including indoor and outdoor spaces, if social distancing (6 ft.) cannot be maintained from people outside your household. This order applies to both unincorporated Jeffco and all municipalities in Jefferson County, including the Town of Mountain View.

Face coverings should not be worn by young children under age 3, anyone who has medical conditions that prevent them from wearing it or anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.

Why Wear a Face Covering?

Cloth face coverings prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. If everyone wears a cloth face covering when out in public, such as when going to the grocery store, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 can be reduced for the community. Since people can spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a cloth face covering can protect others around you.


Businesses must post a sign on all entrances which states that no individual may enter the facility without wearing a face covering unless a specific exception applies. JCPH has provided a PDF copy of the sign for businesses to print out and post on their entrances. The PDF is available from the link at the bottom of this page.

The Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce have resources listed on their websites on where to find face coverings.

More information about the public health order and the science of masking effectiveness here: