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Colorado Governor Jared Polis orders a nationwide masks mandate

Johanna Ramirez works at her grocery store in Fort Lupton, Colorado, where she fears that insufficient customers may take precautions such as wearing masks to stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 23, 2020.

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Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, joined a growing list of heads of state to order people to wear indoor masks in public spaces to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

"This is a responsible, bipartisan step using common sense," Polis said during a press conference on Thursday at the Boettcher Mansion in Jefferson County, Colorado. "In Colorado, we have the choice of either wearing more masks and paying more attention to social distance, or doing more harm to our economy and loss of life."

The mask order takes effect at midnight for at least 30 days and requires people to cover their faces while in indoor public places where they cannot keep at least 6 feet away. There are exceptions to the directive, e.g. B. Children under the age of 9 and people with certain illnesses and disabilities. This mandate also does not apply in situations in which people eat, drink, play sports, participate in religious services or speak in front of a television audience.

The executive ordinance comes after the state reported a total of 38,155 confirmed cases on Tuesday. According to CNBC's analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the 7-day average of new cases every day in Colorado rose almost 46% on Wednesday compared to the previous week.

The number of hospitalizations in Colorado has also increased steadily in recent months, and the infection rate has increased, according to Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, accelerates.

"We have to take it very seriously. Our life depends on it. Our economy depends on it," said Polis during the conference. "It is clear that this is the least bad option available to us at this point."

Colorado is one of several states that recently issued a mask mandate as governors continue to struggle with coronavirus outbreaks. Alabama governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday a nationwide mask order to curb the spread of the virus.

Governor of Texas Abbott, Greg Abbott, earlier this month enacted a statute asking state residents to wear a face mask in public places in counties with 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases. Abbott also issued a proclamation that allowed mayors and district judges to restrict some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.

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