MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo.– Everyone entering or working in any of the City of Manitou Springs facilities is required to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status, starting Monday, Aug. 9.
“It makes sense for the health and safety for both our staff residents and visitors we implement a mask police in our city buildings,” said Nancy Fortuin, Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member.
These buildings include City Hall, the Public Works facility, Police Department and the Pool and Fitness Center. All staff are required to wear a mask unless they are stationary and/or six feet apart from each other.
The city strongly encourages everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible in order to stay ahead of the delta variant of the virus.
The city also believes the policy will help them protect their tourism season.
In 2019, the city gathered more than $11.4 million dollars in General Fund Revenues with tax revenues making up roughly $8.3 million of those funds.
“In Manitou Springs we have a slightly different circumstance than most other municipalities and jurisdictions in El Paso County because we have so many visitors here and in close proximity,” said Fortuin.
As of now, the city is leaving it up to individual business to decide their own policies. Lulu’s Downstairs a live music venue in Manitou Springs is now requiring all guests to be vaccinated or show a negative COVID test 72 hours in advance.
To learn more about the vaccine or find a vaccination location, please visit this website.