Fri May 8th, 2020
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Face coverings can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The requirements in this memorandum are intended to minimize health risks to tribal employees and the community while maintaining critical business operations and services.
All tribal and tribal entity employees working in the State of Colo. (“employees”) shall comply with the face covering requirements in this memorandum. This requirement is effective immediately and until further notice.
All employees shall wear face coverings while working and in the presence of other people. Face coverings must cover your nose and mouth. Face coverings can be a medical face covering, such as a surgical mask, or a non-medical face-covering, such as a homemade face covering or bandana.
Employees must wear face coverings when in close proximity with the general public, other employees, or contractors, including when those interactions occur out-of-state. Employees must wear face coverings while working inside and outside. Employees working alone (at home, in an office, in a vehicle, or in the field) are permitted to be without a face covering. Employees are still required to follow social distancing protocols, such as maintaining six feet of distance between people whenever possible.
Nothing in this memo should be construed to prevent employees from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other, more protective face covering to cover the nose and mouth if that type of mask or more protective face covering is required because of the nature of the work performed.
In order to preserve valuable and hard to get resources, employees are encouraged to use their own face coverings that they are already using for daily living. When supplies are available, face coverings will be provided by the Tribe for employees who do not have their own face coverings and who will be in close contact with the public, other employees, vendors or contractors. The user of a face covering provided by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe acknowledges and understands that it is not a medical device and may not offer the same protection as a medically approved or certified mask.
See helpful guides below on face coverings.