DENVER – Masks are no longer required in certain internal conditions after Gov. Jared Polis amended and expanded the state order for masks with an executive order.
The order will now allow people to remove masks in public enclosed spaces if 80% of people have proof of vaccination. However, it is not clear what type of evidence is required.
The order for closed masks remains valid for all schools in the country and some other settings. For counties with more than 35 cases per 100,000 people, the closed mask order applies to groups of ten or more unvaccinated people indoors and there is no order for outdoor masks.
The term was due to expire this weekend, but extended on Sunday for another 30 days by executive order as COVID-1
More than 960 new cases were reported on Sunday. The 7-day positivity rate was 6.01% as of Saturday. The state’s goal is to stay below 5%.
At the same time, the vaccination rate is increasing, albeit declining. Forty-five percent of Colorado’s population has been vaccinated with at least one shot of COVID-19.
In a news release, the governor’s office said that “achieving a high level of immunity is what will allow life without masks, but before that becomes possible, many more Colorado residents need to be vaccinated.”