All Coloradans to wear face masks in public, Polis states

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announces the state’s first death from The coronavirus, a El Paso County women in her 80s, Friday, March 13, 2020, during a press conference at the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Jared Polis stated that all Coloradans need to wear non-medical face masks that cover the nose and mouth while in public conducting essential tasks, including grocery shopping and working.

UPDATE: Find additional details on the press conference here

He recommended people make their own masks, possibly out of old t-shirts. Scarves are also acceptable.

“When you’re out of the home, you should use a mask at all times.” This was later clarified as a fabric face covering.

Polis stated that the effort will likely slow the spread of COVID-19 and has been implemented in other places around the globe.

The requirement to wear masks seems indefinite at the moment, with Polis stating, “this is really going to be for the foreseeable future and an important part of our culture in Colorado that saves lives.”

Polis also encouraged people to make the best of the situation stating “let’s make it cool.” He also encouraged people to post their creative masks on social media.

It is unclear if wearing will be enforced or remain as a request.

This is a developing story.

UPDATE: Find additional details on the press conference here

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