Coloradans likely will be required to wear masks while in public indoor spaces for at least another 30 days, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday.
The mask mandate is set to expire this weekend, but Polis said successful mask-wearing is the reason the state is able to talk about reopening schools and the possibility of high school football this fall.
“The masks are working,” he said. “We all are frustrated with masks.I can’t wait, can’t wait, until two things: the fire ban is over and the mask requirement is over.”
The governor joked at a news conference that many, including himself, look forward to bonfires where they can burn their masks.
Polis said he hopes to end the mandate as soon as possible, but the first priority is a return of the state’s nightlife. If that can be done successfully, then ending the mask requirement will be the next step.
“The mask wearing is a key part of continuing the forward progress and it will be with us for the next 30 days,” he said.
The mandate was first issued July 16 before getting extended last month. People 11 and older are required to wear a mask or other facial covering while in public indoor spaces, including retail stores. Some jurisdictions have stricter guidelines.
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