Avon Town Council Adopts Indoor Face Covering Requirement
The Avon Town Council adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 20-08 at a special meeting on June 30, 2020 which establishes requirements for indoor face coverings. The indoor face covering requirement is effective immediately. The ordinance requires all persons to wear face coverings when entering and while inside areas of a business open to the public. Exceptions to the requirement to wear a face covering indoors include (1) pre-existing individual health conditions, (2) persons under two years of age, (3) when seated for dining or consumption at a restaurant or bar, when receiving personal or health services that require access to mouth or nose, (4) when exercising at a gym or fitness center, and (5) during indoor meetings not open to the general public when social distancing of 6’ can be maintained.
The Town of Avon is printing signs for business entrances that state that face coverings are required indoors. The Avon Town Council recognized that coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Eagle County have been low, but also recognized that a significant influx of visitors is expected for July and August and that nearly all other mountain resort communities in Colorado have adopted face covering requirements. The intent is to support businesses in requiring uniform and consistent usage of face coverings indoors. Businesses may contact Town Manager Eric Heil at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 970.748.4004 with any questions.
CHAPTER 8.44 – Indoor Face Covering Requirements
8.44.010 – Purpose and Intent.
It is the purpose and intent of this Chapter to adopt requirements for the use of face coverings while indoors in the Town of Avon during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the Avon community, including residents and visitors. This Chapter 8.44 shall not supersede or replace any requirement adopted by Eagle County or the State of Colorado which is more strict.
8.44.020 – Definitions
Face Covering means a medical or non-medical cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands.
8.44.030 – Indoor Face Covering Requirements
All persons shall wear face coverings when entering and at all times while inside the areas of a business which is open to the public, subject to the following exceptions when a face covering shall not be required:
- When wearing a face covering would inhibit an individual’s health due to an existing health condition;
- Persons under two years of age;
- When seated for dining or consumption within a restaurant or bar;
- When receiving personal or health services that require access to the mouth or nose, including but not limited to dentistry or dermatology;
- When exercising in a gym or fitness center when wearing a face covering is not physically possible;
- During an indoor office meeting that is not open to the general public when persons can maintain at all times a minimum social distance of six feet; and,
- During a special event under a special event activity permit issued by the Town that identifies persons who may be exempt and includes such conditions as may be imposed by the Town.
8.44.040 – Enforcement
The Town Manager, including the Town Manager’s designee, is authorized to enforce this Chapter 8.44 by promulgating and publishing guidance and information to private businesses, receiving complaints, issuing warnings to businesses, and suspending a business license for up to a maximum of ten (10) days. Guidance for enforcement includes strong reliance on communication, education and warnings for businesses and any suspension business license shall only be appropriate in circumstances where non-compliance occurs after two or more warnings or when knowing and flagrant non-compliance occurs.