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Colorado Springs businesses react to amended statewide mask mandate

Ed Clemente / MGN

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Under the amended statewide mask mandate, Coloradans are now able to remove masks in public indoor spaces with more than ten people if at least 80% of people present have proof of vaccination.

Despite that change, Solar Roast Coffee in Downtown Colorado Springs said it's still proceeding caution.

“You have to wear your masks when you come up to the counter, when you order, when you go to the bathroom," said Lexy Hesselberg, Assistant Manager at Solar Roast Coffee.

Hesselberg said all staff will continue to wear masks, even though the majority of them are fully vaccinated.

According to state data, over 2,000,000 Coloradans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 1,000,000 are fully vaccinated.

Masks are still required for all schools statewide.

Governor Polis and State Epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy recently warned of a rise of Covid-19 cases in children.
Out of the 56 active outbreaks in El Paso County county, 24 of them are schools, which is more than any other setting.

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Mia Villanueva

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



  1. The only way to know if people entering a business are vaccinated would be to ask them. This is probably a violation of HIPPA. Therefore nothing has changed. Lot of hoopla over nothing

    1. Please look up what HIPPA is. All that it protects is how hospitals and insurance have to protect your information from fraud and theft

  2. Once again here is proof the schools are responsible for 50% of all outbreaks yet they have been allowed to open to full capacity and are in violation of every covid guideline put out by the CDC and local Health Departments. There is no oversight or accountability for the lies they have told the parents and public from the very beginning of the pandemic. If businesses would have so blatantly disregarded guidelines they would have lost their licence yet the greatest danger to children and their families is allowed to operate without restrictions.

  3. It’s HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and no it’s not a violation for them to ask about vaccination status – but you cannot be required to answer.

    The updated mask mandate states the following people do not need to wear a mask:

    People who are 10 years old and younger.
    People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
    Children younger than 2 years old should NOT wear masks.

    The statewide mask order does not require people to wear a mask if they are:

    Alone in a room in a public indoor space.

    Hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication.

    Seated at a food service establishment.

    Exercising alone or with others from their household, and a mask would interfere with the activity.

    Receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the mask is necessary to perform the service.

    Entering a business or receiving services and are asked to temporarily remove a mask for identification purposes.

    Actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel that prevents the user from safely wearing a mask. .

    Officiating or participating in a life rite or religious service where the temporary removal of a mask is necessary to complete or participate in the life rite or religious service.

    Giving a speech for broadcast or an audience, if the audience is at least 25 feet away from the speaker. The audience members must wear masks.

    1. Thanks for the list. I think I fall under the ‘cannot medically tolerate a mask’.
      I swear its disgusting wearing a mask for so long. They arent magic socks that trap all the bad things in them. Its medical waste

  4. Goel, thanks for correcting my spelling, don’ t know what I was thinking. I may not be required to answer but I guess it is their decision whether to let me in.

  5. ya know…I support small business as much as I can…However if businesses is actually listening to our illegal Gov…Then they deserve to lose their business…our family only goes to businesses who has balls to stick up for themselves…You will never catch be at a bar slamming down a cooter if the business enforces silly rules like mask that don’t protect a person anyway…That just one example

  6. It’s all based on fear…simple. I’m like you others…you don’t want my business…fine…I will go elsewhere. These lies from our illustrious governor need to stop. Do you think maybe his time may be short? You know the recall was never satisfied in the courts nor all the signatures verified. Maybe this is why he keeps extending his mandate. Just a thought…

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