What Happens If You Don't Wear a Mask Under Colorado's New Mask Mandate?

It's no secret that there are a lot of people in Colorado that aren't thrilled with Governor Polis' statewide mask mandate that started today. But I was curious what could happen to you if you chose to go out in public without one.

The answer isn't all that clear actually. In a "question and answer" document about the executive order, released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there is a question that reads "What will happen if I refuse to wear a mask?" The document answers the question by saying "If you refuse to wear a mask as required in the executive order, you are violating a Colorado law and are subject to civil or criminal penalties. If you try to enter a store without a mask, you may be prosecuted for trespassing."

So does that mean a fine? Jail time? Both? I guess you'd need to look up penalties for trespassing in Colorado.

As far as businesses are concerned, the document states the question "What happens if a business does not comply with the mask order?", and answers it by saying, "a licensed business is at risk of losing its license."

You can see the full document here.

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