DENVER, CO – Updated 10/28/2020
Update to statewide mask mandate – Governor Jarod Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 219 – which amends and extends previous executive orders regarding the statewide mask mandate 30 days from October 11, 2020 – unless further extended.
During the July 16th press conference with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman and and state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Governor Polis announced that masks will now be mandated in indoor spaces in the entire state of Colorado, unless someone has a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask per Executive Order D2020 138.
Here are a few highlights from the Executive Order:
G. Except as permitted by Paragraphs L, M, and N, below, all individuals over ten (10) years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any Public Indoor Space, as such term is defined in Paragraph R of this Executive Order, or while using or waiting to use the services of any taxi, bus, light rail, train, car service, ride-sharing or similar service, or Mass Transportation Operations.
K. A State or local department or agency that learns that a business licensee is in violation of this Executive Order will consider whether the public health, safety or welfare requires summary, temporary suspension of the business’s license to operate (including but not limited to a liquor license).
L. The following individuals are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order:
- Individuals ten (10) years old and younger; or
- Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
M. Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order while the activity is being performed:
- Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
- Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;
- Individuals who are exercising alone or with others from the individual’s household and a face covering would interfere with the activity;
- Individuals who are receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
- Individuals who enter a business or receive services and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
- Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;
- Individuals who are officiating at a religious service; or
- Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.
N. Counties that complete certification for Protect Our Neighbors may choose to be exempt from Paragraphs G through N, and R of this Executive Order.
P. Nothing in this Executive Order prevents a county or municipality from adopting more protective standards than those contained in this Executive Order.
This Executive Order expires 30 days from July 16, 2020.
During that same press conference, he also announced that the ability for a county to apply to the “Protect our Neighbors” phase has been put on a 2-week hold.
This Executive Order expires 30 days from August 14, 2020 per Executive Order D2020 164.
This Executive Order has been extended and expires thirty (30) days from September 12, 2020 per Executive Order D2020 190