Colorado Gov. Jared Polis officially extended the state’s mask order on Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The mask-wearing is a key part of continuing the forward progress and it’ll be with us for the next 30 days,” Polis said in a Friday news conference.
He said “masks are working,” but he understands Coloradans are frustrated with mask wearing.
“I can’t wait until, two things: the fire ban is over and the mask requirement is over,” Polis said. “I think a lot of folks, including me, are going to be happy to have little bonfires to burn these things and never look back.”
The mask mandate was first announced in July. Larimer County has had a mask order since May.
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Polis attributed the state’s progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 to significant mask-wearing. The mask mandate is also the reason the state has been able to welcome students back to college campuses and resume youth sports, Polis said.
The rate of the virus’ spread in Colorado has been hovering around 1 the past few weeks, Polis said, which means for every person who contracts COVID-19, they spread it to one other person on average. Ideally, the rate of spread should be below one.
Coloradoan reporter Sady Swanson contributed to this report.
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