Colorado's mask mandate is now history in most settings, plus schools and stores are deciding to drop the requirements for mask-wearing.
This week Costco, CVS, Dick's Sporting Goods, Meijer, Publix, Starbucks, Target, Trader Joe's, and Walmart/Sam's Club lifted their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.
Many are asking visitors who are not vaccinated to still wear a mask for the safety of others in the community. Many of the stores that have lifted their mask requirements are still requiring them for their employees; so you may see staff wearing masks, like baristas at Starbucks, even if customers are not required to.
People who are not vaccinated are being asked as part of an honor system to still wear a mask until vaccinated.
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Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the state is advising — but not requiring — unvaccinated people to continue wearing a mask indoors in a setting with more than 10 people.
Several settings will still fall under a state mask mandate for unvaccinated people, including prisons and jails, emergency care settings, congregate care facilities and child care businesses. Those requirements will be in place through June 1, Polis said.
State health officials have estimated that 75-80% of Coloradans want the vaccine. Just under 40% of Coloradans are fully vaccinated.
"The pandemic is not over," Polis said, "but if you are vaccinated, it is largely over for you."