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July 2, 2020

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Face Coverings required at Boulder County Open Space

All visitors must have a face covering with them to be used when near others.

Boulder County, Colo. - With the extension of the Boulder County Public Health face covering order, local open space managers and rangers would like to remind residents that all visitors must bring a face covering with them to open space properties and wear them at the trailheads, when passing others, and anytime it is not possible to keep a safe 6-foot distance from anyone not residing in the same household. Face coverings are not necessary when on the trail away from other people. It's completely acceptable to lower them for comfort, but have them ready to cover mouth and nose when encountering other visitors.

"Many residents don't feel safe visiting the trails right now because so few people are wearing masks when they get close to each other. Everyone should feel welcome and safe when recreating on open space, especially our most vulnerable residents. It's such an important resource for mental and physical health in these challenging times," says Eric Lane, director of Boulder County Parks & Open Space. It's critical to remember that not everyone infected by the virus will show symptoms; therefore, it's best to keep a 6 foot distance whenever possible, wear a face covering, and avoid touching your face. "Having a mask with you whenever you leave the house is as important as remembering your keys or other essential items, whether you're going to the grocery store or visiting an open space property," adds Lane.

Maintenance staff, trailhead ambassadors, and park rangers are working hard to maintain a pleasant and safe environment for visitors. Restrooms are cleaned and trashcans are emptied daily, parking lots and trailhead amenities are monitored, and first responders are on call to assist when necessary. "Park rangers, deputies, and first responders do not hesitate to assist visitors with their needs – answering questions, providing first aid, or assisting with a rescue. Please help me keep my staff and other first responders healthy and available to assist you during your visit by wearing a face covering at the trailheads and when interacting with staff. Wearing face coverings in parks and open spaces is not about anyone’s ideology or beliefs, rather it is about ensuring that the trails remain open and safe for everyone in our community,” says Bevin Carithers, chief ranger for Boulder County Parks & Open Space. Visitors who do not have a face covering with them may be asked to leave the property.

For more guidance on the face covering order, please visit the COVID-19 Boulder County Face Covering Order webpage.