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Teller County says they will not be “actively enforcing” mask mandate

People walking in Manitou Springs in July 2020
People walking in Manitou Springs in July 2020

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- In a letter posted on the Teller County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the Teller County Board of Commissioners said they will not be actively enforcing the mask mandate.

On May 2, Governor Jared Polis extended the statewide mask mandate.

According to the governor's office, the indoor mask order remains in effect for all schools statewide. This also includes extracurricular activities, childcare centers, indoor children's campuses, public-facing government facilities, and others.

However, the order also allows people to remove their masks in public indoor spaces with more than ten people if at least 80% have proof of vaccination.

In the letter, the BOCC said they do not have authority to override the amended order, however, they say "there is no reasonable method" to monitor the vaccination status of individuals in public indoor spaces.

Due to that, Teller County says they will not be actively enforcing the mask mandate.

In the letter, BOCC encourages citizens to exercise personal responsibility and to determine whether or not to wear a face-covering based on their health needs.

Read the full letter below:

Teller County Clarification on Mask Amendment

Posted by Teller County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, May 6, 2021
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  1. Teller County where the sheriff brags about how he won’t enforce the state laws on Monday and the health department announces they won’t enforce the state mandates on Friday.
    Yep, this is the place where the city council had to postpone a vote to sue the governor for his strict COVID rules because the mayor couldn’t break the tie vote due to his being in the hospital dying from COVID! After his funeral they proceed to thumb their nose at masking mandates.
    You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

    1. Most people do not realize how much power a sheriff has. In fact if they feel that the constitution to which they were sworn to uphold is being violated they can step in between even a government agent and someone they’re trying to arrest and stop the arrest.

      In fact sheriff’s who are uniting to uphold the Constitution across America may be the ones who save America from destruction by the radical Marxist Democrats who now occupy our government.
      They also have the power to deputize as many people as they feel they need to accomplish upholding the law when they feel is being violated by the government.

      So if you ever feel you’re constitutional rights are being violated by say the FBI call the sheriff he may be the one who saves you.

  2. As for transmission of asymptomatic people goes, it is more FEAR MONGERING! If you have no symptoms it means you defeated the virus. The PCR test looks for viral fragments. So you could have come in contact with the virus and your immune system neutralized the virus. Those viral fragments are still inside you and the PCR test will detect them and give you a false positive. It takes 5 to 14 days for the actual infection to take place. That’s how long it takes the virus to enter your cells and replicate and reinfect more cells. That’s the point where your lungs become infected and you transmit to other people. That’s why places like Seoul, S. Korea ask anyone with cold or flu symptoms to wear a mask. If you have to leave your dwellings and you’re sick they ask that you put on a mask to prevent droplets from spreading from you to others. Wearing a mask when you are sick also acts as a WARNING sign for everyone else to “SOCIAL DISTANCE” from you. When everyone wears a mask you don’t know who is sick and who isn’t. Since mask don’t actually filter viral aerosols they are ineffective at filtering viruses. At that point, wearing mask becomes ineffective because you don’t know who is sick and who isn’t. In places like most of Asia, it’s impossible to social distance. Yet cities like Seoul that have a population density TWICE that of New York city have kept their infectious rate to a minimum by using common sense methods of mitigation.

  3. And FYI:

    Wearing a face mask increases breathing resistance, and since it makes both inhaling and exhaling more difficult, individuals with pre-existing medical conditions may be at risk of a medical emergency if wearing a face mask.

    This includes those with shortness of breath, lung disease, panic attacks, breathing difficulties, chest pain on exertion, cardiovascular disease, fainting spells, claustrophobia, chronic bronchitis, heart problems, asthma, allergies, diabetes, seizures, high blood pressure and those with pacemakers. The impact of wearing a face mask during pregnancy is also wholly unknown.

    Face masks can reduce oxygen intake, leading to potentially hazardous oxygen deficiency (hypoxia).

    They also cause rapid accumulation of harmful carbon dioxide, which can have significant cognitive and physical impacts. Germany’s first registry13,14 recording the effects mask wearing has on children, has identified 24 physical, psychological and behavioral health issues associated with wearing masks. Recorded symptoms include:

    “… irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%), less happiness (49%), reluctance to go to school/kindergarten (44%), malaise (42%), impaired learning (38%) and drowsiness or fatigue (37%).”

    Of the 25,930 children included in the registry, 29.7% reported feeling short of breath, 26.4% being dizzy and 17.9% were unwilling to move or play. Hundreds more experienced “accelerated respiration, tightness in chest, weakness and short-term impairment of consciousness.”

    Wearing a face mask increases your body temperature and physical stress, which could result in an elevated temperature reading that is not related to infection.

    All face masks can cause bacterial and fungal infections in the user as warm, moist air accumulates inside the mask. This is the perfect breeding ground for pathogens. This is why disposable medical masks were designed for short-duration, specific-task use only, after which they are supposed to be discarded.

    Medical doctors have warned that bacterial pneumonia, facial rashes, fungal infections on the face,15 “mask mouth” (symptoms of which include bad breath, tooth decay and gum inflammation) and candida mouth infections16 are all on the rise.

    A study17,18 published in the February 2021 issue of the journal Cancer Discovery also found that the presence of microbes in your lungs can worsen lung cancer pathogenesis and can contribute to advanced stage lung cancer. The same types of bacteria, primarily Veillonella, Prevotella, and Streptococcus bacteria, can also be cultivated through prolonged mask wearing.19

    With extended use, medical masks will begin to break down and release chemicals that are then inhaled. Tiny microfibers are also released, which can cause health problems when inhaled. This hazard was highlighted in a performance study20 being published in the June 2021 issue of Journal of Hazardous Materials.

    Mask mandates also represent another erosion of freedom, and normalizes the false notion that people are sick unless proven healthy, and that it’s acceptable to be forced to cover your face just to go about your daily life, even when you’re outdoors.

    The public narrative is building prejudice against people who refuse to wear masks or get an experimental vaccine, such that some are now fearful of people who aren’t masked or those who choose not to get vaccinated. With societal norms rapidly changing, and an increasingly authoritative environment emerging, it raises the question of whether or not the public will continue to blindly obey, no matter the consequences.

    1. My O My. Do you obey speed limits when you drive? Stop lights or stop signs? Stay on the right side of the road? Wear a seat belt? Use your blinker when you turn? Are you insured to drive? How do people put up with such infringement on their freedom?
      Nearly 600,000 Americans have died in the last 14 months of COVID, that silly, made-up virus that some folks are using to take our freedumbs away. We just ain’t gonna stand by and put up with this crap. We, like the sheriff and city council, should just do what we wanna do, rules and laws be damned. And to heck with John Q. Public.

      1. To your questions…yes I do and do you know why…it’s the law unlike this phony mandate that people are calling a law. And please….prove to me that 600,000 people have died from COVID. Prove it with real facts…not conjecture like I cut myself and bled to death…it was COVID related. I died in a drunk driving accident…I was drunk but it was COVID related. I died of a heart attack but it was COVID related, I’m fat and obese and not in good health but it’s a COVID realted death. Come on…give me proof if you can…not phony numbers that we have been seeing since March 2020. The PCR testing is the reason why this crap has happened Everything tests positive as COVID do you not get it? Politicians and Big Pharma are in it for the long haul because of the money. Do you remember what freedom is? I do and these so called experts will not take it away from me…it is my right as granted by the Constitution of the United States of America! You are certainly in for a huge surprise if you follow the masses…and me…I know the end result.

        1. You just don’t have clue. It’s a shame to see intelligent people die, when selfish people like you somehow manage to escape the effects of the pandemic.

          1. What’s really a shame is how you just literally wished death on someone you don’t even know because you don’t like the facts that were presented. That’s truly pathetic.

          2. You have just proved to all of us just what kind of person you are…really sad!

  4. Any time someone asks to see your proof of vaccination you should ask to see THEIRS.

    1. And if they say sure and they whip it out then what? The proper response would be to tell them to GTH!

  5. Refreshing to finally see some government entities standing up to tyrannical rule! Hey Suthers – where’s your balls? You puppet!

  6. Yahoo Sports
    Warriors forward Damion Lee, despite being fully vaccinated, said he contracted COVID-19

    1. So? If you read up on the subject, you would know that vaccination is no guarantee of not becoming infected with Covid. It helps reduce the chances of becoming more sick if you are infected, and minimizes the chance of dying due to Covid.

  7. Leaving the smart ones to believe the ever-changing “science” less and less with each false claim they try to scare the public into believing to keep their control over their sheep.

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