DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis is now asking all Coloradans to wear face coverings when they leave their homes to perform essential activities, such as going to the grocery store, to work, or on a walk in the neighborhood.
Polis announced the policy in a press conference Friday. He said residents should wear non-medical cloth face coverings, reserving surgical masks and N95 masks for healthcare workers. The mask should cover the wearer’s mouth and nose.
In addition to announcing the new mask initiative, Polis also announced a number of updates on relief for businesses and workers as well as testing capacity and containment strategies in Colorado.
In terms of economic support, Polis says that due to the lack of cash flow for many Coloradans and businesses at this time, the following tax extensions will apply:
- Income Tax extension until July 15
- Sales tax extension until May 20
- Property tax extension until May 1
For information on the Federal Stimulus Package, visit irs.gov/coronavirus.
In terms of economic relief for small businesses, Polis encourages business owners to look into options that can assist those who are trying to keep employees on their payroll.
Polis said Coloradans can use materials found around the house, such as scarves and old t-shirts, to fashion a mask. The state has also set up a website, coloradomaskproject.com, to help connect Coloradans with homemade masks.
Polis said after each use, the cloth mask should be washed in hot water.
Polis pointed out the masks should not be used as an excuse to violate social distancing or stay-at-home orders.
Polis is asking Coloradans to share photos of their masks on social media using hashtag #DoingMyPartCO .
Watch the full press conference: