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welcome i want to thank you all for

joining us today we're joined by

mayor hancock and mayor kaufman

and i want to thank them uh um two of

our three largest cities uh here in the

denver metro area

for their leadership in managing the

crisis from a municipal level where

really the most mixing occurs people

from suburban areas and ex-urban areas

come into cities well beyond their

population they contribute to the

overall economy of our state

and the health situation of our state

we're also joined by dr rachel hurlihi

the state's top epidemiologist i want to

thank her for her important work

she will give you an update now the

modeling that

dr hurley he will provide shows the

uptick that we've had

a significant uptick over the last few

days

and show the fairly dire picture going

forward if we don't

change our actions and take uh take some

changes that we're talking about

today uh including more mask wearing

and social distancing that are so

important and

while we're watching the trend every day

and we hope that the additional

precautions that coloradans have

hopefully taken in the last week or two

will be borne out in the data in the

future this trend is alarming enough

along with additional data points about

the

efficacy of mask wearing that i'll be

talking about later that really justify

that actions on behalf of protecting our

economy

and protecting the health of the people

of our state from day one we've

approached this crisis

uh and promised to be transparent we're

gonna show you how we make decisions

what the latest data is regardless of

whether news is good or bad

and i've said that we will always take

the steps necessary

to protect coloradans protect our

economy

and save lives i am of course glad that

while colorado is not yet a hot spot

uh the whole country is showing a

significant uptick in colorado has not

been an exception

from that trend and we need to make sure

that we take

actions that prevent colorado from uh

being

an uptick situation i you know there's

there's a lot of news that isn't

isn't fun today it's really important

that you all hear it you hear the data

you hear the steps you hear the

importance of mastering i do want to

share one positive bit of information

as you know from the start we set up an

innovation response team our state has

worked very hard to acquire

personal protection equipment masks

gloves gowns

on the international market which has

been extremely chaotic i mean literally

uh everybody has a buddy in jersey i

have a buddy in jersey he happens to be

a doctor

he went to undergrad with me i had to

call him to go check on some ass there

they didn't check out we didn't buy them

thank goodness

but the state has been very successful

in operating

the international supply chains and

acquiring ppe

so we want to get that ppe

out at least some of it to support our

school districts and so

today i wanted to make sure people knew

that we have enough

medical grade masks that we will be able

to send

some medical grade masks to school

districts we were able to help school

districts meet the needs of their

teachers

we're going to be able to get at least

uh one mask per week for teacher one

medical grade mask out

uh even broader than teachers all people

who work in a school that

face students uh librarian and clerk and

and everybody so districts have a lot of

work to do they're working hard

uh the state wants to help them reach

their goal

however they run the school year some

are delaying some are

having classrooms some are online some

are hybrid

but mass are an important part of that

mix you'll hear more about mass today

and the state will be a partner in

helping

school districts have the personal

protection equipment they need

to keep staff and students safe in

whatever environment that looks like

so i want to thank our state team and

pat myers and a number of others who

work very hard

to be able to get enough medical grade

mass that the state can help supply and

help meet the needs

of school districts i know they're very

hard at work to keep their students and

teachers safe without further delay

i'll turn it over to dr hurlahi thank

you governor

good afternoon as we take a look at

today's data

i want to to focus not just on

the number of cases that we're seeing

here in colorado

or the fact that we're seeing an

increase in the number of cases here in

the state

but the fact that we're seeing an

increase in the rate of cases we're

seeing so we're seeing

growth in the rate of increase so

acceleration of our case numbers

this figure that is shown here shows you

the number of cases that have occurred

in colorado by week

and they are color coded here to show

you a visualization of whether or not

cases have increased or decreased from

week to week

so the bars that you see in blue

represent weeks in the state where we

have seen a decrease in the number of

cases occurring

the weeks that are shown with red bars

represent the weeks where we have seen

an

increase in cases in the state and also

if you see the dark red color that

corresponds to weeks where we've seen

a greater increase in the rate of

acceleration

of this epidemic in the state and so if

you look at our last week of data

in this figure the week of july 5th what

you'll see is that

the growth in our cases has increased

we've seen an acceleration

from the last week in june through the

first week of july

and we're concerned that this trend is

going to continue in the state

similarly if you look at the next slide

this shows you

hospitalization data so each of these

bars represents

the number of hospitalizations that have

occurred in colorado per

day and each of the colorful lines

represents a different

level of growth rate so if you look at

the red line

that shows you the growth rate that we

experienced

during the stay-at-home period of time

and early during safer at home so what

you can see by that red line

is that we saw a steady decrease in

hospitalizations and if you follow that

red line out

we would have continued to see a steady

decline in hospitalizations in the state

if you look at the turquoise line that

shows you what we experienced in the

state

later during the safer at home period of

time where we saw a leveling out sort of

a plateau in the number of

hospitalizations occurring

if you look at the orange line that is

where you start to see

an increase in the number of

hospitalizations in the state an

acceleration of the increase of

hospitalizations

and so what i'm showing you today is the

most

recently fit model to our

hospitalization that is showing some

pretty rapid acceleration in the number

of hospitalizations occurring in the

state

so that orange line corresponds to a

effective reproductive number that r

value we talk about

of 1.78 um the previous values you can

see were just above one

and below one for previous periods in

the epidemic next slide

so here we focus in on that reproductive

number and you can see that

several weeks ago our reproductive

number was less than one two weeks ago

it was just above one

one week ago it increased to around 1.3

and currently we estimate that it is

somewhere between 1.6 and 1.8

so we are continuing to see that

reproductive number go up

which again represents an acceleration

in the number of cases occurring here in

the state

and that is similarly shown in the

graphic to the right

next slide these figures show you

the modeling data representing the

number of hospitalizations

and icu admissions that might be needed

in the state

under various scenarios so our latest

scenario based on the

last few days of data is shown in that

orange line

previous slide thanks um

shown in the orange line so if you look

at that orange line what you'll see

is a rapid increase in the number of

cases in the state

that could occur over the next several

days and so when i talked previously

about the growth rate being important

that's really what we're tracking here

so earlier our predictions with this

model

had shown slower rates of increase in

the number of hospitalizations and icu

beds needed in the state unfortunately

what we're seeing from the last few days

of data

is showing that our we have the

potential to exceed our icu bed capacity

in the state

in early september with a peak

potentially occurring sometime in

october

and so being on this path is certainly a

place that we

do not want to be right now we are below

the level of social distancing that we

know

is feasible to maintain the transmission

of this virus

so this figure is showing you another

trend that we are seeing here in the

state and that is a change in the age

distribution of our cases that are

occurring

as time has gone on we've seen that a

greater proportion of covet 19 cases

are occurring among those under the age

of 40.

we also see a recent increase in the

number of infections that are occurring

in children so those

0 to 19 years of age with an emphasis of

most of those infections occurring in

older children and teens infections in

older adults remain low relative to

other age groups

similarly age adults age 40 plus are now

comprising a greater proportion of

hospitalized populations

we're seeing an increase in

hospitalizations in middle aged adults

in the state

and unfortunately just in the last few

weeks we're now also starting to see

more hospitalizations in older adults

once again

additionally we know that one of the

concerns that we have here in the state

is is the fact that we have individuals

from across the state that are coming

into colorado and visiting from

locations outside of colorado where

rates of transmission are higher

this graphic shows you some parts of the

country where visitors are coming to

colorado specifically in this figure is

visits to denver county

and so you can see that there is

potential risk to coloradans

posed by visitors to our state who are

coming from

texas arizona florida and other states

where rates of transmission are higher

than they currently are in colorado

so looking at the number of factors that

might be driving

this rapid increase in cases that we've

observed in the last few days

there's probably several contributing

factors we certainly know that social

distancing levels have decreased

which means that there's increased

contact rates among people in colorado

due to changes in behavior or policies

we know

that there is probably increased out of

household contact rates among younger

populations

so younger individuals are probably

starting to spread the virus to older

populations

we know that those younger populations

are probably mixing more

outside of their home resulting in

transmission outside of the home

we know that there's the potential for

importation of cases from outside of

colorado

into the state and contact between

visitors out of state with colorado

residents

there's also of course the possibility

of random chance

we know that you know we're looking at

this data and it's based off of just

several days worth of data so we need to

interpret it carefully

and continue to watch the data over time

but given the trends that we're seeing

we don't believe that chance alone is

explaining the findings that we're

seeing currently

thank you very much from the beginning

we've

really talked about how my response our

colorado's response

is driven by data not by politics on any

side not by

wishful thinking not certainly not by

pseudoscience

but by cold hard data and as you can see

uh the data is beginning to be alarming

um

we had very encouraging data from june

coloradans were sustaining it

but there has been some change in the

behavior of coloradans that

we need to go back to how we were living

in early june

and make sure that we are more cautious

we need to make sure that we can

continue to maintain the necessary

social distancing

to avoid the virus exponentially taking

off in colorado and that's what we're

starting to see now we can still act

there is a small window of opportunity

because if we don't act

at the current rate that we saw if you

extrapolate that out

the state would exceed its icu capacity

in september

so that's the bad news the good news is

there is time there's time to act

right now next few days i hope it

started already from

the warnings of the last week we're

really on the knife's edge

many nearby states have shown us what

will happen it's not it's not what may

happen it's what

will happen uh if we don't regain our

footing and take

social distancing and mass seriously so

for starters i'm hoping that the people

of colorado that this is a wake-up call

for those who might have become a little

bit lacks

we need to take this very seriously our

lives depend on it

and our economy depends on it um and

you know you're probably observing this

anecdotally you might be noticing that

there's more interactions and

people are a little less cautious than

they were in may and june

certainly the fourth of july weekend

didn't help too uh we see the effect of

out-of-state visitors um

we need to live here in colorado in a

sustainable way

like we did in may in early june um we

can't have this backslide to the way

that we have all

uh been acting uh these last few weeks

um

to the extent that there's been a party

the last week or two the party has to

end

uh if we're going to keep our businesses

open uh keep our economy open

and save lives you know at this point of

course we are also focused on what steps

we as a state can take

uh to keep our economy open and save

lives now keep in mind the biggest

factor

is is your behavior reducing your social

interactions wearing mass

washing your hands regularly that's the

most important

but as policy makers as mayors as

governors as commissioners across our

state

we always ask ourselves what what is the

right thing to do from a policy

perspective

to make sure that we can keep our

economy open and save lives so

first a thing we're going to be

announcing today is i'm putting a

two-week pause on issuing new variances

to counties in the state of colorado

that's the prudent thing to do

at this moment in time uh as we look at

the changes that are made and the more

responsible behavior that people enter

into the increased mass wearing

and hope that the trajectory changes so

that additional variances can be granted

we also know that there are some areas

that have variances

uh that have increased virus they have

to have mitigation plans or they could

lose their variances that doesn't

change today that's always been the

process but the key point is we're

taking a two week time

out on variances so that we can get

control of this we have to get control

of this in our state we need to

prevent this kind of exponential spread

the bottom line

is that like all color runs i want to be

able to enjoy life and go to a

restaurant and get a haircut and keep

our businesses open and protect our

economy and protect lives

and the data increasingly shows that one

of the powerful tools that we

as a state have done well on but can do

better on

is wearing mass and that's why today

i'm signing an executive order that's

effective at midnight tonight

that requires that every coloradan age

10 and up

wear a mask or face covering whenever

they're in any public

this requirement actually increased mask

wearing and how does increased mass

wearing in the colorado social context

affect whether the virus spreads or not

so i have some data about that

this isn't just about coloradans it's

also about all the folks coming from out

of state

this is a key slide really in in my

decision-making process you might recall

what i wanted to know is does it

increase mass wearing when there is a

mask worrying order of the city or

county or in this case the state

um you know people should be wearing

mass regardless of whether there's an

order i think i've i've said that many

times ever

since we've embraced mass as a mass

wearing culture

uh we have talked a number of times

about how you shouldn't wait for a

requirement it's

it's it's it's a rational thing to do to

save save your life and protect our

economy protect your loved ones

it turns out that having this kind of

ordinance in place does increase mass

growing fairly substantially go back to

last slide please

um so so uh with with there's two

different surveys that were done by

outside groups one cd phd one outside

group

mass worrying counties with no mass

order 67 percent

pretty good colorado is pretty good

that's one of the reasons we're not a

hot spot

we're doing pretty good on math scoring

but with

the mask ordinance it went to 83 the

other study

showed 49 percent going to 57 percent

now the other

piece of information i want to know is

okay i want to make sure

masquerading ordinances don't make

people think everything's safe and they

can forget about social distancing

that's very very important

wearing a mask complements social

distancing so we wanted to look at

are people focused on maintaining six

foot distance more

the same or less with the mass growing

ordinance and it's it's a small

difference but the key thing for me is

it wasn't less

i wanted to make sure that if we the

places with mass wearing ordinances

people weren't all

congregating together just because they

thought it was safe for the mass

warnings the good news

is if there's any difference people are

more careful

about six foot differences very slightly

in the areas of mass worried ordinances

so this data

from these two different data points was

key to me

in deciding yes or local requirements

accounting requirements can increase

mask wearing

and no it does not make people think

that they can forget about social

distancing that's very important in

coming to this decision next slide

this is even more important data it's

hard to get your arms around but what

this basically shows

is that the areas of our state that have

had masquerading requirements have had

slower

spread of the virus um

the uh the the virus has spread less

in areas that um have

have uh had masquerading orders by a

statistically

significant amount uh and that is

incredibly important data point for me

uh in in in making this statewide what

this also shows

is even the areas with mass

wearing requirements have still been

increasing so we still need to focus on

that social distancing

but they've been increasing at a lower

rate than the cities and counties that

don't have it

somebody mentioned repeat the details of

the mask order it's really simple wear a

mask

i mean you can get into the details

basically it's a practical way to say

wear a mask i mean obviously no one says

wear masks when you're eating or you

know when you're working out by yourself

but but you don't have to worry about

the details you just have to you just

have to know you should wear a mask when

you're in public

you're going to a store you're going to

the office you're going to a place where

others congregate

you need to wear a mask it's practical

obviously where you can't mirror wear a

mask

you're not going to wear a mask and

nobody would ask you to but anywhere

where you're with others public

congregation you need to do it it's

super important look we have a choice in

colorado

either more mask wearing and more

attention to social distancing

or more damage to our economy and loss

of life i mean that's an

easy decision to make when you put out

that that's basically the decision we

have

and of course like anybody who cares

about liberty and freedom i'm resistant

to institute

a statewide mandate but it's clear that

at this point in time

this is the least bad of the options

that we have at our disposal

it will increase mass wearing it will

decrease the spread of the virus

it'll provide clarity across different

borders and it's the right thing to do

and i want to give you an example

of how effective mass are a recent study

from missouri

the cdc published a study where they

looked at the activities of two hair

stylists

in springfield major missouri who both

worked while they were unknowingly

contagious

with kova 19. both stylists wore mass

at the salon where they worked and 98 of

the clients that they served

also wore mass between the two stylists

they saw 139 clients

and despite both stylists being

contagious with kova 19

and despite the close proximity of

haircuts

zero clients contracted

covid19 that is an example

of how we can have a sustainable economy

and we can get our haircut

with covid19 as i mentioned given the

effectiveness of mass we also will be

helping school districts

have the personal protective equipment

that they need uh to be able to protect

their staff

we will be able to get them medical

grade masks we're going to send them to

the school district building

uh one per teacher per week and then

that will complement their efforts to

have personal protective equipment for

their staff and increase protections for

teachers

and students for school districts

regardless of what

the environment looks like in the area

and what format the year has

finally before i introduce mayor hancock

i just want to make one final point

you know wearing a mask uh is not

a political statement it shouldn't it's

i don't know how in anybody's mind just

became a game of political football it's

it's

simple it's common sense and it's data

the virus doesn't care

what political party you're in the virus

doesn't care what belief system you have

the virus

doesn't care what your ideology is the

virus is the virus

and it is a threat to every single one

of us and i

completely understand and sympathize

with concerns of businesses and workers

uh and and the desire to stay safe and

this will help do that

it'll help people who work for instance

in retail and public-facing environments

who have been wearing mass

as a requirement since they've been able

to reopen but this will

provide additional protection for them

knowing that their customers maybe 65

percent were wearing masks before

now everyone will be wearing a mask and

it'll help save the lives of many of our

retail workers as well

you know if you drive a car you wear a

seat belt you obey the speed limit you

drive sober

it doesn't matter whether you agree

politically with speed limits

or with drunk driving laws but we follow

the law

if you have a political extra grind you

do that through your elected

representatives but we have

responsibilities as coloradans and as

americans

to follow the law and the mask order is

the law of colorado

as i said throughout this crisis we're

going to monitor the data very closely

we're going to take appropriate actions

as we need to to protect our health care

our capacity

lives the economy uh and do what we can

to make sure that colorado can remain a

positive outlier

uh with regard to a nation that is

having uh

large problems uh in tackling this virus

in a cohesive way

with that let me turn it over to denver

mayor mike hancock but he's been a very

important partner

in working hard to keep the residents of

our state's largest

city safe mayor hancock

thank you thank you governor and thank

you for this order this is a tremendous

tool

for all of colorado as we begin to

continue our efforts to

um really get ahead of this spike you

know when we

instituted mandatory face coverings in

denver more about

about two months ago it was a decision

based on science as you just alluded to

denver's health order was part of a

bigger strategy to blunt

the curve and the spread of the of the

pandemic

following the governor's guidance

staying at home

leaving only as essential for essential

reasons physically distancing six feet

or more

not gathering in groups these are

strategies that kept denver

and colorado ahead of the curve and we

intend to stay there and that's why

we're here today

and why the governor has made this very

wise move you know since we instituted

the order we've heard from businesses

who've asked for support and signage and

we've supported that

but we've also heard from residents who

report when they see a violation of

someone not wearing

a mask in public and so this statewide

tour

order is a powerful powerful tool

for all of us across the state let me

just give you one example

i shared this with the governor and

mayor kaufman earlier

denver is one of the top three cities in

terms of our airport seeing passengers

come through our airports

well we know during this pandemic that

people are either seeking beaches

or mountains and with the beaches really

being places where there is

there are hot spots they are coming to

our mountains

well if you're up in a resort in our

mountains while the staff might be

wearing masks

they only have only tool they have is to

ask for compliance for people

to wear a mask to volunteer to wear

masks and comply

with that request well this state order

now gives them the tool to say no one

has a choice anymore

we all must wear masks to protect each

other

so what we're going to be doing over the

coming days and dimmers we'll continue

to follow up on every one of the

complaints and concerns that we hear

from people

with warnings and citations and appeals

like this

asking our neighbors to do the right

thing to comply

and to mask up we called our regional

partners and we're grateful

last week several mayors joined together

and wrote a letter and asked for

our regional partners to mask up as well

and we want to thank

tri county health as well as jefferson

county uh

for stepping up to the plate this is how

we find balance

and learn to live in a coveted reality

tempering our progress when the data

shows

we need to slow down and do the right

thing

that means taking action like this when

we see 80 new cases

a day and not waiting for those numbers

to jump to 2000 as we've seen in other

cities like miami

to react we've seen a growing number

in cities across the country i

commiserate with my friends and

counterparts all over this country

who are having to roll back their

openings because they understand just as

we do

how devastating having to shut this

economy down would be

to our businesses and to employees so

with the leadership of

governor polis and partners like mayor

kaufman we are showing the nation

uh how colorado leads by prioritizing

um the health and safety of residents

and the businesses that support our

community so

we recognize that we cannot do this

alone none of us can do this alone

and so through this order we get the

opportunity to all work together to keep

each other safe and governor again i

want to thank you

for this because this again gives a very

powerful tool to all of our businesses

and workers

throughout colorado thank you and we

have two mayor mike's with us

um mayor mike kaufman of aurora

has been a very important partner as we

work to

keep businesses open keep folks safe and

i'm proud to turn it over to mayor

coffman

thank you governor i strongly support uh

governor polis's statewide

face mass mandate uh because i believe

that it is the best that and that it is

the least

invasive and least costly public health

option

that is available to us to stem the

spread

of the covet-19 virus the alternatives

are to shut down businesses

and to force our schools to remain

closed

if no preventative actions are taken

and the coveted numbers increase to the

point

where further restrictions are are

required

yesterday i got a call from the cherry

creek school superintendent yesterday

morning dr

scott ziegfried

and he talked to me about a mass mandate

and this is what he said

he said when you consider the simple

steps

we can take to mitigate the spread of

the virus

such as wearing a mask i have one simple

question

why wouldn't we do everything possible

to help ensure that students can have

school this year as a community

i hope we do the right thing to protect

teachers staff

students and their education and let me

just say i know there's going to be some

grumbling about this

i get that it's a mandate from

government

but you know

and yes i get that some people are going

to say this is a hardship

but let me tell you this i meet with

small businesses every day

that haven't been able to open up and

then that if things get worse

we'll have their businesses shuttered

again that's a hardship

children not being able to go to school

that's that's a hardship

um so that

i mean i think we need to put it in

context

that this is really again the least

invasive approach

that we can do at this time as a

preventative strategy

we have got to get children back to

school we have got to open up this

economy

and that's what i fear most is the

inability to do that

and that's why i'm here today supporting

the governor let me tell you this uh

before i i wasn't on board when the

numbers were going in the right

direction

uh and given the current strategy was

just working

uh hospitalizations moving down uh yes

there were more positives but we were

doing more testing

but but now it's different and now i'm

worried

uh a lot of people are hurting because

of the restrictions that have been

imposed

for the time that they were imposed and

some of them are still on

on us and we do we do

food drive every once a week in aurora

food distribution drive and about

we help about 500 families and that's

really the depth of the suffering

that has happened so if people

think we're in a heart where in a mask

is a hardship

they need to think about the others in

our society that have been suffering and

they would suffer more

if we have to reenact even more more of

these restrictions

and not go forward and open up this

economy so i want to thank the governor

for doing this and quite frankly

the governor and i have had calls over

the last couple weeks

well i've asked the governor for this

tri-county health just passed a a

mandate

for the three counties that the city of

aurora is in

douglas county arapahoe county and adams

county

but it was done with an opt-out clause

and so it's going to create a patchwork

within uh the denver metro area

and the fact is the majority of the

workforce in aurora

the 54th largest city in america third

largest city in colorado

382 000 in population

the majority of the workforce leaves

aurora during the

the morning comes back in the late

afternoon

and so the notion that we can have this

patchwork and it would be effective

is just not possible and that's why

uh over the last two weeks i asked the

governor for for action

and he didn't tell me he never shared

with me his

uh where he was on it but thank you for

listening governor

and thank you for your action today uh

in putting colorado on the right track

you know and yeah you shouldn't have to

like look at a map and see what

jurisdiction you're in to know if you're

going to be safe when you're going to

the store

um workers in stores customers and

businesses

deserve to be as safe as reasonably

possible

everywhere in colorado because we we

care about every colorado

and we're all interconnected uh you

might live in aurora and work in denver

and

visit your kids in thornton i mean

they're all you know we're really

interconnected

and it's really important we approach uh

public health and keeping our economy

open

in our interconnected way thank you to

both mayors um as you can see

it's not this is not a partisan thing we

are united

using data using science democrats and

republicans independents

rural suburban urban left right center

to protect

people of this state and protect our

economic

opening i want to reiterate a big part

of getting it right

as numbers rise is also protecting those

who are most at risk and

if you have pre-existing additions if

you're older coloradan

stay home as much as possible if we want

to get

help get our state through this crisis

in addition to wearing masks you know

reach out to an elder you know

offer to bring groceries to their home

ask if you can be of help

so that they don't have to go out be a

good friend

be a part of every community support

system

we need compassion now more than ever

and we need those everyday heroes

including you to step up again and again

for neighbors in need

in need that begins by wearing a mask

but it doesn't end by wearing a mask

this will continue to be a difficult

time that demands a lot of us

we wish that we're in mass was the

silver bullet and solved everything it

doesn't we have to keep up the social

distancing

not have large groups avoid interactions

you know really focus on staying safe

bass are an important part of that they

complement that

but we need to do better in other areas

as to

other areas too and it'll likely

continue to be difficult for

the next few weeks and months now this

is the situation we are in

uh not the situation that we want to be

in or that we wish upon it ourselves

but we must take it seriously or it will

deteriorate

as it has in other states as it's

written in proverbs 23 18

for there will be a future and your hope

should never fail and look we have a

bright future in colorado

we're going to get through this there

will be a vaccine or

cure but in the meantime we have to live

in a way that's sustainable

from a social perspective a health

perspective a psychological perspective

an economic perspective

and we are not currently living that way

we were living that way

late may early june we need to live like

that

mass and increase usage give us a little

more freedom

but we cannot uh take this virus for

granted the minute we do

it will overtake us as it is open to

overtaking our brothers and sisters

in other parts of the country we're

going to get through this but we need to

step up our game

and we need to take this more seriously

than we ever have

with that we're happy to take some

questions governor

a week ago we sat here and you said that

a mass mandate was unenforceable

i wonder what makes you think that

coloradans would listen to this mass

made

made it now that you've said that you

couldn't enforce it and also i wanted to

ask

um if this is an inflection point now

that we're seeing these cases rise if we

should have done this earlier and

maybe we were too overzealous to loosen

some restrictions

so the the two areas that convinced me

that this would work

is looking at the impact that mask

ordinance have had

increasing mask worrying 15 percent

over areas that have not had those

ordinances it's not

so much because of the enforcement of

those ordinances they're not

widely enforced but the mere clarity of

message of those ordinances in the areas

that have them

have successfully increased mass

squaring by 15 percent

and also led to a reduction in the

spread of the virus

the state has a few ways to work with

local law enforcement

around enforcement this creates a nexus

to violating state laws around

trespassing which if somebody were to

run into a store

naked or without a mask they are

trespassing

and this gives that store the ability to

call local law enforcement to enforce

trespassing charge to make sure that

they can keep their customers and their

workers safe

and in addition we also can make sure

that businesses are following

this protocol by making sure that they

have

uh we that their licenses uh are always

have to follow the health requirements

that's what restaurants and bars not

every business but they're businesses

that have to follow

uh licensing requirements we'll have to

follow these so like in any

know law of course we require local

buy-in

uh and and and uh local enforcement

but uh the very existence of this kind

of order alone

from this data that's been provided in

the last few days i'm confident we'll

increase mass wearing in colorado

hi this is spencer wilson with kktv 11

news i was going to check and see

what would you say to those communities

like colorado springs that have been

resistant to putting in place their own

mandate

or their citizens who have been actively

protesting any mask mandate

well i think this can certainly make it

easier on some local decision

makers who would rather that the state

make this decision

to keep folks safe what i think folk

people have to remember is that we're

all part of colorado

uh and you know just because you uh live

in

unincorporated el paso county commute to

colorado springs go up to castle rock

for your haircut

we all are in this together and because

of the inner jurisdictional nature of

the virus

it calls for a statewide response the

virus doesn't stop at city lines the

virus doesn't stop at county lines

we need a coordinated unambiguous

state message with moral clarity and

scientific clarity

and we're providing that today wear a

mask when you're in public and around

others

as was asked earlier that this is a

complete turnaround from what you just

said on tuesday

uh you mentioned that you didn't want to

infringe on people's

liberties and you also said i guess a

week ago

that you did not have the enforcement

that we needed to enforce

uh such a mandate but what changed and

how do you do this now

well the two data points that helped

change my mind were that the existence

of local ordinances which are generally

sporadically enforced or or seldom

enforced the mere existence of those

local ordinances

increased mass wearing by 15 percent in

the areas of our state that have them

i am confident that a statewide

requirement will also increase mass

squaring in our state

and there's really no excuse not to take

action that's new information that's

based on those two studies that i

indicated

and that was presented to me in the last

couple days uh the second piece is the

deterioration of the

the state uh the virus which is

expanding hospitalizations are up

case counts are up uh as mayor kaufman

said this is the

least costly and simplest intervention

that we can do

uh it would be inexcusable in my mind to

even be talking about

closing down businesses or limiting

commerce if you haven't even instituted

uh a mask wearing uh requirement for

coloradans and we're hoping

uh that along with colorado's

intentiveness and taking this seriously

around social distancing

coupled with mask wearing will alter the

trajectory in a way that we can avoid

becoming a hot spot

hello governor this is vinnie del judice

at bloomberg news in denver

what would compel you to order people to

stay at home again

and i'd like to hear mayor hancock and

mayor kaufman

on possible stay at home orders thank

you very much

well that that's not what we're talking

about today i think there's not

a resident of colorado and there's not

an elected official in colorado

that doesn't want to do everything they

can to avoid having to

ever stay at home again for a long

period of time

the way that we achieve that is mask

wearing avoiding social interactions

wherever possible

staying six feet from others washing

your hands regularly

limiting your contacts that's the way

that we do that

be smart be clean be careful that's how

we get that done mayor hancock

i repeat what you just said and i think

that's the the overriding message here

there

we will do everything we can to try to

avoid having to issue state homeowners

that's not where we want to go and the

reason why we're all taking these very

proactive steps to mitigate um the spike

that we are seeing in our state but

we're seeing are also around the country

we've got plenty of examples

of why we want to take these steps today

and so i absolutely agree with you we

want to to avoid going to that

but let me just say that we look at a

body of data

that help us to make some very good

decisions this is data driven science

driven medically

uh advice driven from professionals and

so we are listening

and when we see a combination of a lot

of these matrices that we will be

that we monitor i will just say that it

would have to get

tragically bad for us to have to

reinstitute state homeowners

and what that means is that we have

quite a few metrics that are driving

to a spike that we cannot control our

hospitals are at

very serious risk of being overrun for

example along with uh

the number of of infection cases that

are

growing as well so let's not really

spend a lot of time talking about that

because our hope is that we never have

to go back there but understand that we

are monitoring

many matrices that will give us guidance

on what decisions we have to make

mayor coffin this is a preventative

measure with such urgency i believe to

prevent

ever getting to a stay-at-home order we

lost a lot of jobs

in the stay-at-home order we are

beginning to recover now

and to have another setback like that

would be

just i think traumatic to this economy

and would hurt a lot of families

if a business doesn't it stands the

chance of

losing its license what if an entire

county decides or a city decides not to

do this can you withhold funding

uh actually counties have been under

this order for the last few weeks

anybody who does business in a county

office uh has had to wear a mask

so um this has already been in place for

counties

uh i uh i don't remember if it's been in

place for cities or not i think most

cities have probably instituted

something like this themselves probably

not every city

uh to protect their employees um when

customers come in

uh but you know the the um look uh we

have a lot of laws in colorado

and we have responsible business owners

in colorado who follow the law i mean

whether it's a handicapped access law

whether it's a

a law to make sure that there's not you

know dangerous asbestos that's

contaminating the site

um you know this is a a law like any

other

uh it's a a public health necessity

and i've heard from many business owners

that have been frustrated that they

haven't felt they've had the moral

authority

to turn away customers that aren't

wearing mass and and their employees are

worried about it it's bad for morale

i've heard from some that have had

employees quit because they worried that

they weren't that they weren't able to

enforce

the mass warrant requirement this will

help those small businesses

make sure that their customers are safe

and that their employees are safe

hi governor polos this is joe with

denver seven um

i know the red flag law took effect you

had sheriffs that came out and said they

would not enforce that um

how would you handle it in this case if

uh anyone in law enforcement or sheriff

said they wouldn't

respond to a call about somebody not

wearing a mask

well that's where i think this also

answers some of the other questions how

do you get at enforcement

i think that every sheriff takes a

matter of

illegal trespassing seriously if

somebody is on private property the

owner of the property says

you need to leave you're violating our

terms of service

maybe you're naked maybe you're not

wearing a mask

uh maybe you're screaming and yelling

maybe you're yelling you know

fire fire and there's not a fire uh

all law enforcement is very responsive

to those types of trespassing complaints

that are lodged by uh private

establishments so

i feel that that is a effective way that

we can work with local law enforcement

sheriffs and police chiefs

to make sure that people are able to

protect their businesses

mike mayor coffin governor

we've had a city of aurora i'm sure

other municipalities have had

experience in terms of enforcement and

our position has been not to use law

enforcement

uh for public health health order for

the enforcement of public health orders

but to use our code enforcement for that

and so that could be

certainly against the business that that

was willfully not complying by

by making sure that people coming into

that business uh

were wearing a mask of we haven't had an

incident but i'm sure that if it was a

trespass issue

where someone refused to put on a mass

and refused to leave

then i suspect that that would fall

under

law enforcement as a law enforcement

issue

not just law enforcement the question

asked about sheriffs it's municipal

codes

county codes and state licenses so

there's a whole

constellation of ways that uh that

people can be have a reasonable

expectation of safety

governor rick salinger from channel 4.

as has been discussed a number of

counties and municipalities

don't like being told that people have

to wear a mask

given colorado's home rural provisions

how do you make this step statewide

well i think it's more than cities and

counties that don't like being told to

wear a mask i don't think any coloradan

likes to wear a mask i certainly don't

i can't wait till this is all over and

we have a big bonfire with all these

masks and we uh

we all hug each other and get together

but that's not where we are today

and i think coloradans across our state

understand that they want that

reasonable expectation of safety as they

go about their lives and

frankly the vast majority of people are

wearing masks they're being careful

and it's unfair to those coloradans that

are doing the right thing

that they might have somebody next to

them in the aisle who's coughing without

a mask

that that that makes all of the

precautions that they've taken worthless

just because of that one act of

irresponsibility

uh well this you know we have home real

cities statutory cities counties this is

a statewide

uh mass quarter uh many of our homeworld

cities

have additional steps beyond this

statewide order right so

if if any in some areas particularly

tourist areas

the municipal orders where they actually

have tickets you know

100 bucks fi whatever it is i think

jefferson county has a thousand dollar

ticket if you're

violating this is not this is not that

that complements this we

we want to incur you know just for that

if that works for your home rule city if

that works for your county by all means

do it

uh this is the statewide baseline to

make sure that no matter where you go

you have that reasonable expectation of

safety

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um

um

um i'm looking at the exceptions for the

statewide order right now and i wanted

to ask

why are public safety personnel

specifically law enforcement

exempted from the statewide order

generally speaking our municipal police

departments or sheriff's deputies our

state

troopers wear masks for their safety you

have some fine gentlemen here

in the room that are wearing their masks

there are times when

law enforcement needs to vocally project

across the distance or engage in loud

communications or orders and i wanted to

make sure that

in no way does a mask order reduce

public safety so

they will have the discretion within law

enforcement to keep their officers safe

and they will do so when possible but

there are times when

wearing a mask is incompatible with the

public safety requirements of servant

and law enforcement

hi governor this is kara mason from the

sentinel and aurora

you know as much as we want to say masks

shouldn't be political i think we know

that they are

so given that do you think it's a safer

bet or more effective

to have these orders coming from you

somebody who was elected by the majority

of the state

rather than local public health

departments

i do think that might influence a few

people i know there's been some that it

rubs the wrong way that

somebody who might not be accountable

directly to the public issues the order

so i hope

that there's a broader compliance with a

statewide order

as perhaps there are municipal orders

that elected officials do

i think that could very well be a factor

for some people um look

whatever gets you to wear a mask uh wear

a mask

i i hope it's just very simply the

argument that you're saving lives and

could be saving your own life saving our

economy

it's the law there's a lot of reasons to

do it um

it's important that everybody wear masks

and stay six feet apart from others

whenever possible

governor clearly we're in some level of

crisis here maybe not as bad as other

states or as bad as we were in

earlier so given that why is now the

time that you've decided we should no

longer be under an eviction moratorium

and do the rising numbers uh motivate

you to reconsider that in any way

so i want to be clear we're trying to

act proactively to avoid a crisis we we

have capacity today in our hospitals

uh the rate of infections increased i

think today alone over 500 people

uh tested positive we were down as you

know in the 200 range

hospitalizations are up but we are not

at crisis levels we are not

in a hot spot like texas or florida or

arizona or parts of california

we hope that by making these changes now

by instituting

required mask wearing by re-emphasizing

the need to be six feet away from others

and to reduce your social interactions

if coloradans do these things

we hope to avoid the kind of situation

that south florida is in

and that parts of texas are in

for the state i mean even if it's not a

full-blown crisis whatever word you want

to call it there's a lot of people

vulnerable now

to eviction for the same reason that

they might have been when you issued the

moratoriums a couple months ago

so why did you drop that policy did you

understand what did you say

okay so yeah so i mean you talk about

the economic i guess aspects rather than

the health aspects i mean currently

the only kinds of businesses that aren't

able to really open in our state are

nightclubs and bars

and that's because i don't think

anybody's figured out how

we can have that kind of social

environment

that is the core value proposition of

those businesses like a nightclub in

this pandemic environment

i hope we figure it out i hope other

places figure it out but other than that

uh people generally should be back at

work and earning money

um you know i mean restaurants and not

that they have the full demand that they

always have and

some stores are doing more business some

are doing less business

obviously we have a higher unemployment

rate while we're doing better than the

country we're doing worse than we did

as a country even during the great

recession so of course there's economic

difficulties

but the goal of what we're announcing

today

is to hopefully prevent the health

situation from deteriorating to the

point

where it destroys jobs and hurts our

economy more

hi governor mary and goodwin with

colorado politics i have a two-part

question

can home rule communities opt out of

this

and if not what's the legal basis that

this order

is on were those two questions or was

that was that one

was that both of them it's a two-part

question

this so there is no opt out we talked

about the inner jurisdictional nature of

colorado i mean

if you live in aurora and you commute to

castle rock

uh and you go to a you know a workout in

denver i mean

you need that reasonable two things you

need that reasonable level of safety no

matter where you live

number two it affects the public health

situation

everywhere in the state the actions you

take anywhere in our state

and three clarity of message right

people shouldn't be like inspecting a

map to know where it's safe to go to the

store

colorado is open for business colorado

is doing it in a safe way as reasonably

possible

statewide clarity moral clarity health

clarity

uh no matter where you live no matter

how you work

we are we while we're pausing variances

we are still continuing

if areas of our state or counties are

ready to enter protect

our neighbor's face in the protect our

neighbors face

which is the maximum reopening at the

county is discretion

um during the pandemic um you know and

and and that just opened that process

and i think some counties are doing that

they they can drop the mask wearing

requirement in that area

just as they can have other activities

in a larger way

that is very unlikely to be the case for

the denver metro area in the near future

however there are areas of our state

that can show sustained

low virus count and meet that criteria

to be able to further open and enter

that enter that phase

in part because they have less mixing

with other areas of the state

they went into the grocery store with

the mask on they decided to help it

gonna take it off are you encouraging

those businesses to call law enforcement

or somebody in aisle seven with them to

call 9-1-1

how do you see that working because it

seems like that's going to happen i i

would just encourage colorado's not to

be stupid and not to do that i mean

it's not so much the fear of of law

enforcement

that is leading to people wearing mass

it's the desire to protect your own life

it's desire to protect the lives of your

loved ones and it's a desire to have a

robust economic recovery

uh that leads people to wear mass um i

think that this clarity of message will

help

because uh it it is directed at those

that you know may

where where where may wear masks part of

the time may leave them at home may not

wear them correctly

uh we want you to know that bipartisan

leadership of our state wants you to

take this more seriously

and that's the message that we're

sending today

you know i love this questioning that's

going on

stephan not just you but everybody about

what can a city opt out can we do this

the reality is i think it says i'll have

a lot more about the person unwilling to

wear a mask than it does the person

wearing the mask

the reality is that i say a lot about

how i think about you when i put my mask

on

and the fact i want to protect you and

when i see you without a mask you're

saying what you think about me

and that's really unfortunate because i

think as mayor

kaufman pointed out this is the easiest

least expensive thing we can do to

demonstrate to one another the

importance

of how i care about you but also how we

can begin to stuff

our stunt the spread of this this virus

and so let me just share with you

briefly how it works in denver if i

am a patron of a grocery store and i see

you take your mask off

um i can come to you and say man would

you do me a favor put your mask back on

or i can let management know that

there's someone in your store without a

mask

and management now under our order but

now certainly on the state order

has a responsibility to either require

them to put it on or ask them to leave

the right to leave

the store um and then if they choose not

to do that then it becomes a different

situation but the reality is this is not

a criminal

thing we're not trying to do criminal

compliance

this this is it's civilly it's civil

excuse me

and two we're asking you just to do the

right thing for all of us

based on humanity and so again i think

it says a heck of a lot more about the

person who doesn't want to wear masks

who wants to politicize it who wants to

make it about liberty

when reality it really is about humanity

about protecting one another

in enforcing uh past restrictions that

have not used law

did not use law enforcement resources

but code enforcement resources

obviously i have to sit down with city

council and decide how we're going to

move forward

with this particular mandate but my

guess is it will be the same

for the sake of our viewers your feet

cut off right after you said that it

would go effective

at midnight would you just give the

specifics of what you're saying today

our viewers at home did not hear that

and then the second part of that

question

the second part i have is would you also

now reconsider

perhaps doing something to stop visitors

coming in from other states or

quarantining them when they come in

so this statewide mass requirement

starts at midnight tonight

where coloradans whenever they are in a

public place

going to the store a business an office

will need to wear a mask that's already

been the case in about 65 percent of the

state where people live

this now will apply everywhere so both

employees as well as customers will have

that reasonable

expectation of safety right now if you

want to be perfectly safe you're staying

at home and avoiding social interactions

but if you want that

reasonable expectation of safety if you

want to go about your life but you want

to do it in a safer way as reasonably

possible

that will now be dick's case throughout

the entire state of colorado

um we so colorado as part of the united

states has no ability or no knowledge of

who comes in and out of our state we

border

a number of states we're landlocked the

key uh aspect

is while there are people that are

likely bringing the virus we have to

make sure that they don't spread it to

people here

the mask wearing will be an important

part of that it's important to educate

tourists

to make sure that they know that they

are subject to this that they're when

they're within our state

we're working with denver and denver

international airport other state entry

points

to make sure that everybody enter

entering our state knows that they have

to wear a mask when they're around

others in colorado

thank you

you