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Restaurant owners prepare to enforce new statewide mask mandate

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says they won’t be writing citations to people who don’t abide by the new statewide mask mandate, leaving the enforcement of the order largely in the hands of business owners and managers.

Greg Howard, the owner of Slinger's Smokehouse in Colorado Springs and the President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, says restaurant owners are relying on their customers to hold themselves accountable when it comes to abiding by the mandate.

Under the new statewide order, businesses - including restaurants - are not allowed to serve anyone without a mask on.

Howard says he saw this mandate coming and isn't surprised by law enforcement's minimal involvement.

“I would imagine they do not have that kind of resource to go out ticketing people who aren’t wearing masks. People need to take responsibility themselves,” says Howard.

Though many people don't mind wearing masks, Howard says restaurants are anticipating some push-back from customers, but hopes they think twice before they do.

“We all understand that if these numbers don’t start declining again, we’re not going to be open,” says Howard. "There’s not a lot of us out here that can survive another shutdown.”

Howard says the health of his restaurant staff is dependent on people abiding by the mandate, too.

"Our staff all works very closely together, if one of them gets sick - multiple of them will get sick,” says Howard.

Though masks are required inside all restaurants, you can take yours off once you are at your table. If you don’t want to wear a mask, you can always opt to eat outside on the patio.

Howard says he, and other owners, are prepared to stand their ground when it comes to enforcing the mandate.

"It is a free choice. If you want to come out and dine at restaurants - this is something you have to do.”

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Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.



  1. “Under the new statewide order, businesses – including restaurants – are not allowed to serve anyone without a mask on.”
    Nice try KRDO, not true. From the order:
    M. Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order while the activity is being performed:
    2. Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;

    1. If you’re seated. But you have to wear a mask to walk to your seat. No mask = no seat.

      1. But hold your breathe in between bites…. makes NO sense at all. I can stand and wear a mask…..I then sit down and the Corona virus is gone? Stupidity right before your eyes!

    2. Ya beat me to it Mikey…….
      How do restaurants work?

      You do not have to wear a mask once you are seated, but you do while you are waiting for your table or when you get up to use the restroom.

      1. The Corona virus can only be spread when standing. When your ass cheeks are planted it cannot enter through the butt cheeks…..they have done studies. Polis lead the way on the experiment. He sat on a chair and challenged anyone to try to get into his azz.

  2. KRDO is conveniently skipping over the part of the “order” where those who ware medically unable to wear a mask ARE EXEMPT FROM THE EO.

  3. Come on you know the restaurants are not going to kick out a customer for not wearing a mask. so what good is this mandatory mask going to prove. i say mask up

    1. Yes, retard. This is literally exactly like Nazi Germany. Literally one hundred and twenty percent the same. In fact, I hear this is how the national socialists gained traction in the nation to begin with…… Re. Fu…ck…ing…tard…

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