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Gov. Polis extends Colorado’s mask mandate

Order is set to expire 30 days from Aug. 14
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM MDT
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DENVER (KKTV) - Gov. Jared Polis officially extended the state’s mask mandate Friday. You can read the full executive order here.

The order will now be in effect for the next 30 days. The governor also clarified the order to exempt individuals performing ‘life rites,’ including wedding ceremonies, graduations, funeral services, baptisms, bris ceremonies and other religious ceremonies.

The governor’s office released a statement from Polis Thursday:

“Our data has shown that mask wearing has contributed to our great success thus far in reducing the spread of the virus and helping more and more of our economy re-open rapidly including our schools. Therefore we expect the mask order to stay in place and support localized efforts to continue mask wearing and raise awareness about the importance of avoiding large groups. Masks and social distancing continue protecting the lives of Coloradans during this pandemic.”

The original mandate went into effect at midnight on July 16 and was set to be in effect for 30 days.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions on the mandate.

FAST FACTS FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ON THE MANDATE:

The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:

- When entering or moving within any public indoor space.

- While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

- People who are 10 years old and younger.

- People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.

- Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

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