Colorado Governor Jared Polis spoke on Friday about the state plan for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine when available. He will hold the news conference shortly after Denver officials launched a stricter mandate on the mask and said they would impose new restrictions on public and private gatherings as the city sees cases increase.
A public health arrangement, effective immediately, requires people in Denver to wear face masks in all outdoor settings, with a few exceptions. People who are alone outside or just close to household members do not need to mask outside. The order also exempts organized sports such as high school football.
A second order announced by Denver officials on Friday reduced the number of people allowed to gather in “unregulated settings”; from 10 to five. It will be available until November 16, according to Mayor Michael Hancock.
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Denver’s health department spokesman Bob McDonald said the new restrictions would be “enforced against individuals if necessary.”
Colorado saw more than 81,800 coronavirus cases, with 1,142 new cases reported on Thursday – a single-day record for new cases in the state, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A decision was announced Tuesday to delay the return to personal education for middle and high school students at Denver Public Schools amid rising cases.