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In case you hadn't heard ... updates on Colorado Mask Order

The Governor shared updates to the original Executive Orders around COVID-19 with amendments and extensions that are in effect as of the writing of this post Per the Executive order D 2020 138: The Governor issues this Executive Order amending and extending Executive Orders D 2020 039, D 2020 067, D 2020 092, and D 2020 110 ordering individuals in Colorado to wear a medical or non-medical face covering due to the presence of coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado.

Additions to the original orders are noted as follows, specifying public indoor spaces:

  • No longer discretionary

  • All individuals over the age of 10

  • No operator, owner or manager may provide service to individuals or allow an individual to enter or move within the public indoor space unless the individual is wearing a face covering

  • Signage is required to be posted outside of public indoor spaces, instructing individuals entering their legal obligation

Information on risks for not complying with the new Executive Order

  • State or local department or agency that learns of a business licensee is in violation will consider whether the public, health, safety or welfare requires summary, temporary suspension of the business's license to operate

  • An individual who knowingly enters or remains in a public indoor space may be subject to civil, or criminal penalties, including by not limited to prosecution for trespass

Exemption qualifications under the new Executive Order

  • Individuals who are hearing impaired, or otherwise disabled or those who are communicating with someone who is, where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communicate

  • Individuals seated at a food service establishment

  • Individuals or are exercising alone or with household members

  • Individuals who are receiving a personal service where temporary removal is necessary to complete the service

  • Individuals entering a business and temporary removal of face covering is needed for identification purposes

  • Individuals actively engaged in public safety (law enforcement, firefighters or emergency medical personnel)

  • Individuals officiating at a religious service

  • Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience

What qualifies as a Public Indoor Space

  • Any enclosed indoor area that is publicly or privately owned, managed or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services.

  • Does NOT mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel or a residential room for students at an educational facility.

This order goes into effect midnight July 16, 2020, and will remain in effect for 30 days, and may be extended. The order is accompanied by a set of Frequently Asked Questions to assist in compliance efforts.

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