Statewide mask order extended 30 days

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    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)

    Gov. Jared Polis on Saturday ordered an extension of Colorado’s face mask mandate.

    The mandate, first issued by executive order July 16, applies to all Coloradans older than 10 and requires people to cover their nose and mouth inside public indoor spaces, including businesses, or while waiting for public transportation.

    Polis had signaled Friday during a news briefing on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 that he intended to extend the mandate. The new order extends the face mask mandate 30 days from Sept. 12.

    Exceptions include when a person is eating at a restaurant, exercising alone, receiving a beard trim or facial, speaking to a TV audience, and showing their face for identification purposes. Also, public safety personnel, religious officiants and those who can’t medically tolerate a face covering don’t need to wear one.

    The face mask order was the subject of a lawsuit that contested its legality. The lawsuit was filed by conservative personality Michelle Malkin and Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville on Aug. 26 in the Colorado Supreme Court, which days later declined to hear the case.