The Estes Park Town Board has enacted an emergency ordinance through June 10 requiring the use of face coverings by everyone in public areas of any business within Estes Park town limits -- including employees, vendors and customers. Businesses are responsible for ensuring these requirements. In addition, the Town's ordinance also requires the use of facial coverings when outdoors in the Commercial Downtown zoning district. A campaign is underway to support businesses with storefront signage, and to install outdoor signage. Materials will be posted at www.estes.org/covid-19 as soon as they are available. The Town's order is similar to the public health order issued by Larimer County May 3, except the local order adds the outdoor requirement for downtown.
The Commercial Downtown zoning district includes Elkhorn Avenue, Moraine Avenue, and side streets including but not limited to MacGregor Avenue, Park Lane, Virginia Avenue, Weist Drive, Cleave Street, West Riverside Drive, Ivy Street, and all parks located downtown including the Riverwalk, Tregent Park, Bond Park, George Hix Riverside Plaza, and outdoor spaces at the Estes Park Visitor Center. View a map of the Commercial Downtown district at https://estespark.maps.arcgis.com/apps/SimpleViewer/index.html?appid=0c6... and via www.estes.org/maps.
Mayor Wendy Koenig commented, "If the risk of people encountering and sharing the virus while in Estes is mitigated, then what happened last winter in Colorado ski towns may not be a prelude to what occurs here." The mayor noted her chief concern is the health and safety of the people who live in, work in and visit Estes Park.
A face covering should be a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person's nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one's hands. Cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction. Exceptions are granted for children under two years of age and individuals with a medical condition which makes wearing a face covering a risk to their health or breathing.