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City Council to evaluate emergency ordinance requiring masks in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The City Council of Colorado Springs is scheduled to evaluate an emergency ordinance that would require face masks in public spaces due to COVID-19.

The agenda item was introduced by City Council President Richard Skorman. The item is scheduled for the council's next work session on Tuesday.

To read the full emergency ordinance, CLICK HERE.

The ordinance would require everyone within the city limits to use face coverings in public places to slow down the spread of coronavirus. If it passes, the ordinance would be in effect until August 14, but it could be extended by a majority vote of the city council.

The document states that face masks would be required while entering, while inside, or present in any of the following areas:

A. Any enclosed area, including retail and commercial businesses or onsite service providers, to which the public is invited or in which workers,
including volunteers, from more than one (1) household are present
B. Any City of Colorado Springs building or indoor City facility;
C. Any public transportation, including City Transit buses and bus
shelters and while riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
D. Any other public indoor or outdoor place where persons are unable
to maintain safe social distancing (minimum of six feet (6’) separation) from
others not of their own household
E. Any outdoor seating or patio area of a place that falls within Section
4(A), unless the person is seated for dining or drinking as set forth in Section 6(G);
F. When in a common area of an apartment building, condominium,
or similar residential building, including lobbies, pool areas, elevators,
common recreation areas, and in offices or other spaces used by the
public; or
G. Where otherwise required by State of Colorado or El Paso County
Health Department order.

Violators of the emergency ordinance would be subject to penalties listed in Section 201 (General Penalty) and 202 (Minor Offenders), of Part 2 (General Penalty), of Article 1 (Administration), of Chapter 1 (Administration, Personnel, and Finance) of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs.

However, there are a few groups of people who would be exempt from the mandate, including:

  • Children under the age of 10 years old
  • People for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition and who present a doctor's note to that effect
  • People in a workspace that doesn't have face-to-face interactions with other people or don't share a workspace with other persons
  • People swimming or exercising outdoors

The Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers previously told KRDO that a face mask mandate isn't out of the question, especially if there's a spike of cases within El Paso County.

“For example, if the health department’s message is — either we do it or we’re going to face a regression — then we may, in fact, do that,” Suthers said.

Health / Local News / News

Zachary Aedo

Zach is a reporter for KRDO and Telemundo Surco. Learn more about Zach here.

Comments

34 Comments

  1. More Gov. control….. and people are bishing about slavery 150+ years ago?
    When the Gov can tell you what to do that is slavery you get today.

    1. It’s not slavery when it’s for the benefit of the individuals being given direction, and not for the benefit of those giving the directions. You’re barking into the wrong cave again…

  2. be VERY careful council and mayor… this is not Boulder or Denver and if you’re not careful you’ll get reminded of that in the strongest of terms

  3. “However, there are a few groups of people who would be exempt from the mandate, including:
    People for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition and who present a doctor’s note to that effect”
    .
    I can predict an avalanche of forgeries for sale on the Internet. I have yet to find any real medical reason why anyone would have a problem wearing a mask. Just lots of baseless excuses.

    1. “forgeries”?? You do NOT have to provide ANY documentation for your medical inability to wear a mask, nor answer questions about why. That is matter between an individual and their physician.

    2. AS for “real” reasons for not wearing a mask, they include but are not limited to asthma, COPD, hypertension, anxiety, claustrophobia, PTSD, many allergies, among others…. In my own case I have a severe allergy to stupid and ineffective authoritarian rules from would-be tyrants but the details are none of your business when asked why I’m not wearing a mask

        1. That would be your typical response, no matter where the information came from. It’s all over the internet if you would just look, but you’re too blind.

  4. This is much to do about nothing. The survival rate of this scamdemic is over 99.5%. If you are afraid of getting it, stay at home in your basement and wear your mask there. Do not punish me for your paranoia.

  5. Texas is being hit hard with the virus but yet they keep flocking here. thanks Governor polis we will prob be next

  6. “People for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition and who present a doctor’s note to that effect” …. You cannot legally demand a note from someone’s doctor for this – you’re about to get sued

  7. my body my choice. I would rather go terminator o
    Then ever to comply to your brain washing, mask pushing bs. I will never fuqing wear it hebes

  8. If it’s life or death stay home. We r 4.5 months into this and now they decide its time to mandate the life saving masks (insert sarcasm).

  9. According to the CDC, the covid death rate has dropped so low that it’s about to lose its pandemic status. If that happens, I wonder what democrats will do next?

    1. Next? Prepare for covid-20 which will be wholly different than -19.

      Once governments have seen how easily the people roll over they will never, ever relinquish that level of control willingly.

      1. Covid-20 will strike right around election time and the dems will scream for mail in frauds….ur I mean ballots.

  10. A man asks his doctor, “How long will Covid Last?” He said, “How should I know, I’m a doctor not a polititian.”

  11. The point is the fear mongering that continues to hit our airwaves. We are a people under the Constitution. Does this mandate fall in line with the Law of the Land? No? Then it can be challenged even “disobeyed”. Yes? Then we abide. We the people elected this council. Want change??? Elect people who represent the hearts, voice and will of the people. And after we elect them hold them accountable.

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