Managing Masks in the Workplace

Posted on: August 27th, 2020 by

Depending on the state you live in, masks are now very commonplace when you are out and about. While some have made mask-wearing political statements about personal rights versus COVID spread, here in Colorado, the Governor has mandated wearing them. As a result of the mask mandate, we do get asked how employers should navigate mask-wearing in the workplace. As your Denver PEO, here are some tips to help you navigate the mask mandate.

Understanding The Mask Mandate

The Colorado mask mandate pertains mostly to indoor public spaces. So when you are out getting groceries or going to indoor places where others are gathered, you need to be wearing a mask. This is especially the case where keeping distanced at all times is not possible. This mandate also applies to mass transit services such as taxi, light rail, or ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft.
The term “public indoor space” means any publicly or privately owned, managed, or operated, enclosed indoor area that is accessible to the public, is a place of employment or is an entity that provides services. Or, to simplify, any indoor space other than your own home.

Mask Guidance for Employers

When it comes to the office environment, employers do have to abide by the mask mandate as it does include all offices, lobbies, elevators, common areas, hallways, restrooms, etc. As a result, employers and businesses must:

For more information on the Colorado Mask Mandate:

Mask Common Sense

Overall, a great deal of the mask mandate is common sense. If your team works indoors in an office, then you need to wear a mask, especially when clients are visiting. Conversely, those clients need to wear a mask. Space out employees that have to come into the office. Wear masks in common areas, hallways, restrooms, etc. The best thing, however, is to allow those that can work from home to do. Also, provide alternatives to those who are at high-risk, including the ability to work from home. If you have any further questions about this, please feel free to contact us at 303-221-0558.

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