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Manitou Springs mask order officially remains in effect

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Despite recommendations from the CDC and Governor Jared Polis, the City of Manitou Springs is keeping its mask order in place until further notice.

City officials cited concerns about the large number of people visiting from out of state, and outside the country, in a news release sent to KRDO Monday.

"We find it of utmost importance that our visitors enjoy our beautiful City safely, and with health precautions in place," the release states. "Therefore, the Emergency Order Concerning the Use of Face Coverings that mandates a face mask while within all local businesses and outdoors within 6’ of others will remain in effect."

Manitou Springs City Council made the decision to keep the order at a meeting last week before the CDC and Governor Polis announced it was okay for vaccinated people to go without a mask.

Mayor John Graham told KRDO they could get rid of the mandate in a month or so if COVID-19 case numbers go down, but right now he said it’s warranted.

"I mean if you look at the Governor's guidelines, you still have to wear a mask when you go to the DMV. Why? Because you're elbow to elbow. Here you're elbow to elbow," he explained.

Businesses were given a heads up about the continuance of the mask order Sunday.

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