Colorado’s Mask Mandate Extended For Another 30 Days

September 12, 2020
Colorado Governor Jared Polis dons a mask to encourage state residents to wear them while in public as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus Friday, April 3, 2020, in Centennial, Colo.Colorado Governor Jared Polis dons a mask to encourage state residents to wear them while in public as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus Friday, April 3, 2020, in Centennial, Colo. David Zalubowski / AP
Colorado Governor Jared Polis dons a mask to encourage state residents to wear them while in public as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus Friday, April 3, 2020, in Centennial, Colo.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis extended the statewide mask order for another 30 days on Saturday. It was set to expire tomorrow.

The rule requires people to wear a facial covering in public indoor settings. Widespread mask-wearing reduces the spread of COVID-19 infections by as much as 65 percent, Polis said in the order.

"Broad adoption of mask-wearing in Colorado may have significant economic benefits by allowing the State to prevent re-closures of businesses and schools and, ultimately, return to our normal lives more quickly," he said.

Thirty-nine counties and municipalities have a mandatory mask order already in place, and some extend to outdoor settings.

The statewide order is set to end on Oct. 12, but could be extended again. The original order was announced in July and has been extended twice.