The decision includes updated guidance that allows “individuals to remove their medical or non-medical cloth face coverings in public indoor spaces if 80%” of the people present “have shown proof of vaccination.”
“My administration, along with other State, local, and federal authorities, has taken a wide array of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, prevent further spread, and protect against overwhelming our health care resources,” Polis wrote in the order. “A statewide vaccination effort is now underway, and the general population of the State of Colorado became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 2, 2021.”
“As more and more Coloradans are vaccinated, we are further protecting ourselves, our families and friends, and our communities from COVID-19,” he continued. “As we take steps to return Coloradans to work and return to life as normal, we must continue to take measures to facilitate reopening the economy while protecting public health by incorporating best practices to protect individuals from infection.”
Colorado has seen an 11% uptick in positive coronavirus cases over the last two weeks, with a 29% increase in hospitalizations and a 49% jump in deaths. The state has moved in the opposite direction as many other areas throughout the United States such as Alabama, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Texas, and Florida, which have done away with mask mandates in response to sharp declines in case counts earlier this month and in months past.
A total of 34% of Colorado’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 47% have received at least one dose of the inoculation. Throughout the U.S., 245,591,469 vaccinations have been administered out of 312,509,575 that have been distributed thus far.
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