Updated 3:28 p.m.
Gov. Jared Polis is making it clear that Colorado businesses can refuse to serve customers who refuse to wear a mask during the pandemic. The governor signed a new executive order reinforcing their right to do that Thursday.
"It's fine for businesses across our state to say: no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service — if they choose," Polis said in a news conference Thursday.
Polis reiterated that wide-spread mask-wearing is necessary to keep the virus in check and allow the state to continue re-opening. The state is launching a new ad campaign to encourage people to wear masks in public.
As of Wednesday, there had been 27,060 coronavirus cases identified in Colorado, and 1,494 deaths among people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Nearly 195,000 people have been tested for the infection in Colorado.
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