Governor Polis issued an executive order on Thursday, July 16, 2020, making Colorado the latest to mandate that residents wear face masks in public to curb the spread of COVID-19. In a press conference on Thursday, where he gave an update on COVID-19 in Colorado; Polis stated that he was announcing a new statewide mask requirement for public indoor spaces (like stores and businesses) unless someone has a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask.
The executive order for wearing a face mask goes into effect today, Friday, July 17, and applies to everyone in the state who is age 10 and older. The Governor stated that masks will be required for people “whenever they’re in any public indoor space” and went on to say that any businesses that do not enforce this could lose their license. Failure to wear a mask could carry civil or criminal penalties such as trespassing as reported on CBS Denver when the state-wide mandate was announced.
Previously, Polis encouraged local municipalities to enforce their own ordinances and pandemic protocols but shifted his stance stating that Colorado continues to report increasing case numbers. “I’m hoping this is a wakeup call,” Polis said.