Governor Jared Polis announced Friday afternoon that he will be extending the statewide mask order tomorrow for another 30 days, with modifications that account for where Colorado is in the pandemic.
“Here in Colorado we are making incredible progress with getting vaccines into arms and protecting our most vulnerable, but until everyone can get the vaccine and our COVID cases are reduced, taking precautions to prevent a surge in cases and further spread of the disease is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do and helps keep everything open,” said Governor Jared Polis.
“By continuing to wear our masks in public indoor settings around others, we can safely enjoy the activities we love and keep our economy open. Every community has been impacted differently by this pandemic, and we want to ensure this order is reflective of that. We’re almost there, Colorado, but we need to keep this up just a little bit longer.”
The governor said he looks forward to the day when there will be no public health orders in place:
“I look forward to the day when immunity reaches a level that we no longer have to wear masks. Right now across our state, one in 207 people are currently contagious with COVID-19, and only an estimated 27 percent of Coloradans are already immune through either vaccination or prior infection.
“In the meantime, we must continue practicing vigilance by wearing masks especially if you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, practicing social distancing when in public and in the company of people with unknown vaccine status. This modified mask order is a step towards the light at the end of the tunnel, and it acknowledges a transition away from most requirements for those counties in level Green with very low transmission, 35 cases or less out of every 100,000, and the great achievement they have made towards ending the pandemic.”
The updated Executive Order will continue to require mask-wearing in all counties in schools (including extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, congregate care facilities, prisons, jails, emergency medical and other healthcare settings, and personal services and limited healthcare settings as defined by Public Health Order (PHO) 20-36.
“We fought hard to get Colorado kids back in school successfully, and we’re not going to jeopardize Colorado’s return of in-person learning by changing the mask policy this school year,” added Polis.
In counties with one-week disease incidence rates in excess of 35 per 100,000, which are known in Dial 3.0 as Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red, and Purple counties, masks must also be worn in all public indoor settings when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or if individuals of unknown vaccination status are present.
Some 31 Colorado counties are currently in Level Green, representing a population of 238,286 Coloradans. The number of counties in Levels Blue, Yellow, Orange, or Red is 33 representing a population of 5,525,690.
The Executive Order keeps exemptions that were in the prior Executive Orders.