Colorado extends mask mandate, loosens rules for vaccinated

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis puts on his face covering as he leaves after giving an update on the state’s efforts to vaccinate residents against the coronavirus during a news conference, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER  | Gov. Jared Polis extended a statewide mask mandate for another 30 days on Sunday, but loosened face covering requirements for groups of people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Under the new executive order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or more are no longer required to wear masks if at least 80% of the group is vaccinated. The order states people must show proof of vaccination, but it does not elaborate on what proof is considered acceptable.

In April, Polis lifted mask requirements in most indoor settings in counties where the threat of COVID-19 was the lowest — the counties that fall under “Level Green” on the state’s scale.

In counties with higher rates of COVID-19, masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present.

Residents statewide are still required to wear masks at schools, child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, correctional facilities and health care settings.

About 1.9 million people in Colorado are fully vaccinated and 2.6 million people have received at least one dose, according to state data.


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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
5 months ago

So who determines if every attendee has gotten the shots? Is there a “shot enforcer” who goes about asking attendees to prove somehow that they have received the shot(s) and waited the requisite period thereafter? What an enforcement nightmare! And then do you throw someone out who cannot provide the required proof? (I certainly don’t foresee any problems with that! Whatever.) What I do envision is chaos and mass disruption, which would likely spoil the event for everyone.

The only way to put this provision into place is to require attendees to prove somehow that each and every one has gotten the shot(s) and has waited the required period thereafter. This would likely mean the “passport” that many abhor. While I agree that the government should not be requiring proof of shots (as this would constitute discrimination in the provision of public services), private event-holders could certainly require the proof, so long as they do so consistently and equitably. But what this does, in effect is lengthen the time needed to get everyone into the venue, and long lines.

So let’s say the Broncos adopt such a requirement. Each person would have to provide proof of the shots and waiting period at the gate. And at least half of the people will get to the gate and, let’s say for lack of a better term, have a problem. Those people will expect and maybe even demand that the ticket-taker listen to the “problem” and maybe even grant an exemption, which the ticket-taker would not (and should not) be empowered to do. A certain number of poor ticket-takers will risk being attacked by angry patrons. The point is that the fans may all get in before halftime. I just don’t see this as being helpful to our current situation.

Are there any requirements that will be in place and enforced during the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations, or are some communities just exempt “because?”

Then, of course, we must remember that these shots do NOT constitute a vaccine in our normal definition of the word and do not limit either infection or transmission. It just minimizes the effect of the infection in a way that will keep people (hopefully) out of the hospital. So the attendees will just gather and transmit the virus among themselves, and I guess the rest of us will stay home and hopefully not get the virus at all. Until one of those attendees comes home.