DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask mandate on Thursday as the number of COVID-19 cases are showing what he called a “significant uptick.” The governor has spent weeks urging people to wear masks in order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, and now he has issued an executive order that will go into effect on Friday.
The order for wearing a face mask in public applies to everyone in the state who is age 10 and older whenever they’re anywhere in public. People who have medical conditions are exempt.
“The data is beginning to be alarming,” he said of the spike in new positive cases in recent days.
The following is a look at the week-by-week COVID-19 cases in the state, per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
The number of hospitalizations is also starting to increase.
Polis has taken to social media to use comic photos, infographics, and obscene language to get his mask point across and earlier this week said he was hoping he wouldn’t have to take this action.
Polis also issued a 2 week pause on new variances on coronavirus restrictions to counties across the state.