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Colorado Gov. Polis orders essential workers to wear masks into June

Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post
Colorado will soon enter a new phase with loosened coronavirus-related social and business restrictions, Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis extended the face mask mandate as COVID-19 cases mount statewide.
David Zalubowski | AP

Workers at Colorado’s essential businesses and critical government jobs must continue to wear masks at work until at least mid-June, Gov. Jared Polis ordered Saturday.

The governor extended the mask mandate — which has already been in place for 30 days — until June 15 in an executive order he signed Saturday, citing a continued need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Workers in grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, gun shops, food processing plants, hotels and a variety of other industries considered to be “critical businesses” must wear masks while at work, and should wear gloves when possible, if gloves are provided by the employer, according to the order.

Masks must be at least made of cloth and must cover the nose and mouth.

The general public in Colorado is not required to wear masks in public, although state officials have highly encouraged the practice, and it has been mandated by at least 15 cities and counties, including Denver, where residents are required to wear masks inside stores.

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