Colorado governor requires masks in public for at least another month

Mask use reduces spread of COVID-19 by at least 65%, Polis says
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Posted at 9:00 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 23:00:46-04

Gov. Jared Polis made it official Friday: Coloradans must mask up for at least another 30 days.

In an extension of an executive order Polis originally signed in mid-July, the governor wrote, “We have learned that widespread mask use is a low cost and highly effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections by as much as 65%.”

The order requires everyone age 11 and older to wear a mask or face covering in any indoor public space. There are several exceptions, including for people seated at restaurants; law enforcement and other public safety personnel; people receiving personal grooming service, such as a beard trimming; and those performing “life rites” such as baptisms or weddings.

The state has seen positive trendlines in recent weeks in its fight against the novel coronavirus, and Polis and other state officials believe that mask-wearing is key to maintaining that progress. The governor said earlier this month that Coloradans should prepare to live under these circumstances for the next several months.