PUEBLO — On Wednesday, News 5 learned that the Pueblo Department of Public Health will soon announce a mask mandate for all public and private schools within the county.
The mandate will apply to all schools in Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70. Class has already begun in both school districts, and both school districts did not require mask-wearing as part of their COVID-19 policies.
The mask mandate will also apply to early childhood centers.
However, the mandate will not apply to higher education institutions. Pueblo Community College announced on the same day that they would implement an indoor mask mandate on campus.
The health department tells News 5 that they are doing this due to rising cases of contagious COVID-19 variants, and want to add another layer of protection since children under 12 cannot get vaccinated.
The health order will be drafted as early as next week.
The date for implementation has not been determined.