Colorado Public Radio reports, the most visible and hotly-debated symbol of the nation’s fraught battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is about to go away, as both federal health officials and Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado say it’s safe for vaccinated residents to stop wearing masks even in most crowded indoor settings. In practical terms this is the end of the mask mandate outside specific high-risk situations and private establishments who choose to enforce one, since there’s no way at this point to easily sort the vaxxed from the unclean:
“If you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask at all,” [Gov. Jared] Polis said. But he added that if you are not vaccinated the state will continue to “suggest” that you wear a mask when indoor around strangers.
Masks may still be required at events with more than 500 people, and will be required for most schools, childcare and health care settings and in any other business that mandates them. But now even teachers and students who are fully vaccinated can ditch the mask for the last few weeks of school if their school district agrees, even inside the school if they choose.
For the most part, what was required for much of the past year is now simply “suggested” or “advised” and only for the unvaccinated.
“This is certainly a big step,” Polis said. “We have reached a level of immunization where the pandemic isn’t over, but we are safer.”
For those of you who believed that the mask mandate would never be lifted because Democrats were secretly looking to impose them upon American society like burqas, we’re sorry to disappoint you! As it turns out nobody, not even tyrannical socialist babysmugglers like Joe Biden and Jared Polis, wanted us to wear masks longer than it was medically necessary to slow the spread of a disease that has killed over 585,000 Americans. On the reality-based side of this debate, on the other hand, there are those who argue not without evidence that the state hasn’t reached the case decline to safely justify ditching the mask mandate.