Runner wearing a mask Photo Credit: rudi_suardi (iStock).

Photo Credit: rudi_suardi (iStock).

Colorado's statewide mask mandate left many people confused regarding what sports and activities require mask wearing and which ones don't. Here's a look at a few basics regarding exercising and mask wearing in Colorado.

1. Masks are currently required to be worn by those exercising indoors if they're inside a room with other people not in their household. The mask may be removed briefly "if you need to catch your breath" or to safely perform a task.

2. Masks should be worn during indoor group sports. Individuals may remove a mask to catch their breath or to don proper safety gear, but otherwise, the mask is required to stay on. This can include activities such as indoor basketball, cycling classes, and yoga.

3. While the statewide mandate does not require outdoor use of the mask, some counties do. In those counties, this means having a mask ready to use on trails in the event that social distancing isn't possible.

The punchline is, if you're making a trip to the gym or an indoor workout facility in Colorado, be prepared for strict mask requirements. Masks are typically required to stay on during a range of activities including, but not limited to, weightlifting, running on a treadmill, and indoor rock climbing.

Editor's Note: This article was written on July 27. Rules are subject to change. Note that some counties have further required mask wearing outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.

Director of Content and Operations

Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.


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