UPDATE: Vail Town Council has voted to pass a motion to direct the Town Manager to issue an emergency order to implement an outdoor mask mandate in designated areas as shown on a draft map effective Nov. 4. Additional boundary considerations will be discussed at Nov. 17 meeting.
The Vail Town Council will review the possibility of authorizing a mandatory mask zone in designated areas of Vail Village and Lionshead as an additional requirement to the Eagle County Public Health order. The topic will be discussed during the Tuesday, Nov. 3 virtual Vail Town Council meeting. The discussion topic is listed as item 3.1 on the afternoon agenda with opportunities for public comment.
Council members asked to schedule the policy discussion as it seeks preemptive ways to address the increase in COVID-19 cases across Colorado and other parts of the country. The town has been working closely with Vail Mountain and other community partners to ensure the safety of Vail’s residents and guests to help keep schools open and deliver a successful ski season from start to finish.
While masks are already required in all indoor spaces per the county public health order, a mandatory mask zone would expand the requirement to outdoor areas in locations designated by the Town Council. Face coverings are not currently required in an outdoor environment, unless you cannot consistently maintain 6 feet of physical distance from non-household members for 15 minutes or longer.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Eagle County Public Health Director Heath Harmon and Breckenridge Assistant Town Manager Shannon Haynes will share their insights about a possible mandatory mask zone for Vail. Breckenridge has had a mandatory mask zone in place since July. In addition, Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger will be available to answer questions about enforcement.
If Town Council chooses to mandate face coverings in the core of Vail’s villages prior to ski season opening day on Nov. 20, staff will prepare the necessary regulations for the Town Council’s consideration and approval at the Nov. 17 regular council meeting. If adopted, the mandate would likely be effective immediately.
To review a staff memo on this topic, click here. To provide public comment in advance of the meeting, email email@example.com or to register to provide public input during the meeting, visit https://www.vailgov.com/town-council.