In a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus and speed the forthcoming economic recovery, Gov. Jared Polis asked Coloradans to adopt face masks when they leave their home for essential functions.
"When you're out of the home, you should use a mask at all times," Polis said Friday.
He acknowledged the frustration that people around the state feel as the need to stay home to fight the pandemic stretches into April. Some of those frustrations have been driven by the state's job situation, and masks are part of what the government sees as a means to help the state get back on its feet.
"For the foreseeable future, this is going to be part of our culture in Colorado," he said.
The request is for face coverings, not medical masks, like the N95, which he said must be reserved for medical workers.
"It's about the right mask for the right job," Polis said.
The cloth face coverings can be made from materials around the home, like old-shirts. In a bid to get social pressure applied to the call for facial coverings, Polis asked people to cover the basics and cover your mouth, cover your nose and to be creative about your mask.