DENVER — Coloradans who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks, and people who aren’t vaccinated are only required to wear them in limited settings, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday.
Polis said while Colorado’s mask mandate has been lifted, the state still suggests people who have not been fully vaccinated wear masks indoors.
“If you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask at all,” Polis said. “If you’re not vaccinated yet, we do suggest–not order, but suggest–that you continue to wear a mask in indoor settings around others, but even more important, get vaccinated.”
Polis said many businesses will continue to ask all customers to wear masks, and even people who are vaccinated should wear masks inside businesses that require it.
The change comes one day after the CDC issued a guideline saying fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks outdoors or in most indoor settings.
“The pandemic is not yet over, but if you are vaccinated, it is largely over for you,” Polis said.
The new CDC guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.
Polis said Colorado will continue to require unvaccinated people to wear masks in prisons, jails, schools, childcare, and congregate care settings. That requirement will be in place until at least June 1, Polis said.
“If you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask. But if you’re unvaccinated or prefer to retain your privacy about your vaccination status, you’ll continue to wear a mask for the next few weeks,” Polis said.
Polis said the state is not requiring vaccinated students and teachers to wear masks in schools. However, individual schools and districts can choose to require masks for everyone.
“Students and teachers who are unvaccinated will need to continue wearing masks,” Polis said. “What this new order allows is the flexibility, if a district wants to, to allow teachers who are fully vaccinated to remove their masks in the final few weeks. It also gives them the flexibility, if they choose to, to allow 16-17-18-year-old students who are fully vaccinated to remove their masks in class for the final few weeks. That decision will be up to districts as to whether to do that. Same with private schools.”
Polis also said that events larger than 500 people will no longer need state approval to occur after June 1. Currently, events of this size can only occur with approval from local and state health officials.