Proof of vaccine? No mask needed in some indoor settings, state says.


    Gov. Jared Polis gives an update on the extent of the coronavirus pandemic and the state's wildfires on Aug. 18, 2020. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

    Colorado’s mask mandate on Sunday was extended but further relaxed.

    Gov. Jared Polis by executive order extended the state’s current mask mandate for 30 days but stipulated that, in counties that have yet to achieve the lowest level of COVID-19 incidence rates, no mask is necessary in public indoor spaces “if 80% of the individuals in the Public Indoor Space have shown proof of vaccination.”

    Left unsaid is how such proof should be verified and managed.

    A month ago Polis took steps to reduce statewide mask restrictions when he allowed looser restrictions for counties that had achieved certain COVID-19 metrics. A statewide mask order remains in effect in schools, child care centers, indoor children’s camps, state government facilities, congregate care and correctional facilities, emergency medical and other health care settings, personal services and limited health care settings. But the April 2 order permitted counties that have achieved a disease incidence rate of less than 35 cases per 100,000 people to otherwise go without a mask mandate. In counties with more than 35 cases per 100,000 people there remained a mask order in place for indoor groups of 10 or more unvaccinated people.

    With Sunday’s order, the mask mandate does not apply in higher-incidence counties if 80% of the people in an indoor group of 10 or more can prove they’re vaccinated.

    There is no outdoor mask order. Mask-wearing is required only for people who are 11 or older. Local jurisdictions may impose their own, more strict mask mandates.

    The new state mask order expires June 1. The statewide mask order was first implemented in July 2020.

    State officials last week announced that all six of Colorado’s community vaccination sites are open for walk-in visits with no need to make an appointment. The six community vaccination sites are:

    • Ball Arena in Denver
    • The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland
    • Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo
    • Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City
    • Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs
    • Grand Junction Convention Center in Grand Junction

    For more information about how to sign up for vaccination, visit or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).