Denver Public Schools to require masks for students, teachers and staff

Denver Public Schools will require students, teachers, school staff and visitors to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status, officials announced Tuesday.

The requirement will go into effect Aug. 9, district spokesman Will Jones said in a news release. It applies to anyone meeting with staff or students but not those working alone in offices or other areas.

The announcement comes just a day after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he will require public and private school staff — alongside city employees and other private employees — to get vaccinated. Both decisions stem from increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country as the delta variant continues to spread.

Masks will not be required in outdoor settings at schools, Jones said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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