Colorado governor asks residents to wear non-medical masks when they venture out of house

Jesse Paul
The Colorado Sun

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday asked all Coloradans to begin wearing masks when they leave home to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus.

Polis said at a news conference at the state’s Emergency Operations Center that people should wash their masks after every trip out of their homes. He said people should use cloth-based, non-medical masks.

He encouraged people to make them out of items in their homes, including old T-shirts and scarves.

“This is really going to be, for the foreseeable future, an important part of our culture in Colorado,” he said, putting on a mask of his own. “Get out those old T-shirts. Get it out of the bottom of your drawer.”

He also suggested that Coloradans make mask wearing cool. “Let’s make lemonade out of these lemons,” he said.

Colorado’s coronavirus death toll reached at least 111, with more than 4,173 cases and more than 800 people hospitalized.

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