Polis Signs Executive Order Requiring More Workers to Wear Face Masks

Apr 20, 2020

Governor Jared Polis says all workers in critical buildings such as grocery stores and nursing homes will now be required to wear face masks. His executive order comes after there have been coronavirus outbreaks in at least fifteen nursing homes and residential care facilities around the state.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terrance Murphy, Superintendent of Air Crew Flight Equipment (AFE) assigned to the 97th Operations Support Squadron, cuts fabric for assembling face masks for base members, April 6, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base Oklahoma. Cloth face masks and coverings are not a replacement for Personal Protective Equipment and are meant to be an additional measure for personnel to take to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kenneth W. Norman

POLIS: We know that you all want your parents, grandparents to have the very best protection if they live in Colorado…

Polis is also sending the Colorado National Guard to help with virus testing at the largest nursing homes in the state. And he says he's stepping up enforcement of rules at these sites. 

About half of all deaths from COVID 19 in the state have been in nursing and long-term care facilities.