Gov. Polis plans to extend statewide mask mandate in Colorado

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis puts on his face mask after a news conference about the state's efforts to cut the spread of the new coronavirus Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis puts on his face mask after a news conference about the state’s efforts to cut the spread of the new coronavirus Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (KDVR) — Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday evening that he plans to extend the statewide mask mandate, which was set to expire this weekend.

The governor first announced the mask mandate on July 16 in response to a rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state. It was set to last for 30 days unless extended.

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show the hospitalization rate has begun to decrease slightly in recent weeks.

Polis’ order requires face coverings to be worn in indoor public places. It applies to people 10 years old and older.

People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering are not required to wear one. 

READ: FAQ about the Colorado mask mandate

Polis issued the following statement about the extension:

“Our data has shown that mask wearing has contributed to our great success thus far in reducing the spread of the virus and helping more and more of our economy re-open rapidly including our schools. Therefore we expect the mask order to stay in place and support localized efforts to continue mask wearing and raise awareness about the importance of avoiding large groups. Masks and social distancing continue protecting the lives of Coloradans during this pandemic.”

FOX31 and Channel 2 are working to learn the new expiration date.

This is a developing story. It will be updated shortly.

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