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Compliance and conflict: Mask mandate day one in Southern Colorado

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Jul 17, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — Day one of mandatory masks to fight COVID-19 in Colorado started on Friday. "You kind of see people ramping up and especially today just walking around there's a lot more masks on," said Adam Drake who works in downtown Colorado Springs.

Police also got dispatched to some confrontations with people not wearing masks and refusing to leave places of businesses. Lieutenant Jim Sokolik said in most cases the people in defiance were gone by the time officers arrived.

Police were called to one of three mask related incidents involving Mountain Metro buses in Colorado Springs. "As an operation, as an organization we are required to follow the state law. So as part of that , yes, the drivers need to ensure that for someone to get on a bus they have to have a mask on," said Mountain Metro Transit, Director, Craig Blewitt. Police responded when a rider who was not wearing a mask refused to get off a bus. Another angry person refusing to wear a mask kicked and broke the window in a bus door. During one other incident, a person told they had to have mask threw a rock and broke a bus window.

Hundreds of other bus riders readily complied with the mask mandate. Mountain Metro also offered masks to anyone who did not have one at the main downtown terminal.

Click here to link to the state’s fast facts on the mask madate.