Governor Jared Polis issued an order effective at midnight last night mandating every Colorado citizen over 10 years of age to wear face masks when doing business in public indoor places. The order says that no business serving the public in a public indoor space “may provide service to a customer, or allow a customer to enter or move within that indoor space, unless the customer is wearing a face covering.”
Seeking to quell partisan bickering over the order, Polis said,
“The virus doesn’t care what political party you belong to. The virus doesn’t care what belief system you have. The virus doesn’t care. The virus is the virus and it is a threat to every single one of us.”
Under the conditions immediately predating the mask rule, if nothing was done, Colorado was on a trajectory to exceed the number of intensive care beds available by September.
Cases increasing faster in Mesa County
Counties with full mask orders have seen an increase of 27% in the rate of growth of Covid cases while counties without any mask orders have seen a 49% growth in Covid cases, according to a presentation given by Gov. Polis.
Covid cases in Mesa County have been increasing faster in the last two to three weeks, with 11 new cases diagnosed in just the last few days, making a total of 175 cases. Currently seven people in the county are hospitalized for Covid-19.
Where to report non-compliance:
Report any business that isn’t enforcing the mask order to Mesa County Public Health Department’s Covid Hotline at 248-6900.