The Mesa County Health Department just issued a public health order that requires essential workers to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a new public health order that started this morning (April 13) at 6 a.m. The new public health order requires all critical retailers to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when interacting with the public.

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Critical workers must wear a non-medical cloth face covering, according to Mesa County Public Health, in situations where direct contact with members of the public occurs.

Face coverings can include things like bandannas or scarfs, but not surgical or N95 respirators, because those are reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders, according to Mesa County Public Health.

The order is currently in place until the end of April 26. It also includes social distancing practices such as:

  • Maintaining six feet of physical distance from others except to complete an essential service activity
  • Providing hand sanitizer and effective disinfectant wipes at or near entrance of the facility
  • Regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and pens, payment portals, etc

The penalty for not complying with the new public health order in Mesa County is a fine of up to $5,000 and 18 months in jail.

You can see more social distancing practices, a list of critical retailers and more on the recent public health order issued by Mesa County Public Health here.

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