The county implemented an indoor mask warrant three weeks ago, but its transmission of COVID-19 still remains high.
Boulder County Public Health said it would stop requiring masks indoors if it saw 21 consecutive days of low or moderate transmission. According to the CDC, transmission was high throughout the month.
“Delta has really just changed the whole landscape,” said BCPH spokesperson Angela Simental. “It’s fast and we had to react quickly. “
According to BCPH data, there were around 62.7 cases per day last week. The week before, there were 73 cases per day. The cumulative incidence rate over seven days, on September 20, was 165 cases per 100,000 people. Low or moderate transmission means less than 50 cases per 100,000 people in seven days.
“It’s slowly decreasing,” Simental said.
However, it is difficult to predict how soon BCPH expects the numbers to drop due to the unpredictability of the delta variant.
Downtown Louisville business owner Jenni Hlawatsch says the warrant hasn’t been difficult to enforce because most people are familiar with it.
“Every once in a while we get people from out of town saying, ‘Wait, what? “But I don’t feel like it’s been such a big deal,” she said.
Her store, The Singing Cook, had to close for six weeks at the start of the pandemic, so she is ready to do whatever it takes to stay open, even if that means demanding masks.
“I think we all wish we could take them off and be done with it,” Hlawatsch said. “Unfortunately, as long as there are people who don’t want to be nice to their neighbors and think of themselves first, I think we’re going to be stuck here. “
Customers Denver7 spoke to say they don’t mind wearing the masks as long as it means keeping businesses open.
“I really, really can’t wait to not have this mask in place,” said Steve Erickson, a Boulder resident. “But I’m willing to use caution to try to slow down [the spread] down. “