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Arapahoe County Can't Opt Out Of Tri-County Health Mask Order

UPDATE: Tri-County Health Department approved a new mask order on Monday night.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners met on Monday to discuss a recent public health order from Tri-County Health Department. The now-replaced order required students ages 2 to 12 and staff at child care centers and schools to wear a mask indoors.

The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners requested feedback from the community about whether they agree with the order.

In the end, it was a moot point due to TCHD voting to rescind a county's ability to opt out .The health department encompasses Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

"Based on this action, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners (Board) no longer has statutory authority to opt out or otherwise change the new order requiring masks in schools and childcare settings," Arapahoe County officials stated on Monday evening.

The department voted 5-3 to rescind the option for counties to opt out of public health orders.

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