As states adjust to new policies and try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, some cities are changing their requirements regarding public safety. Colorado's latest COVID-19 update includes the town of Aspen requiring residents to wear face masks in public. If residents fail to follow the new guidelines, they can be fined or even arrested.
The City of Aspen Council Meeting, which was held on April 27, 2020, created new regulations that made wearing face masks mandatory in public spaces throughout the city.
The new regulations will be put into effect on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, according to The Aspen Times. They will require people to wear face coverings inside businesses open to the public, as well as maintaining 6-foot social distancing guidelines.
Certain exemptions have been made for children below the age of two and household members who live together.
Those who would be negatively affected by the coverings, such as impairment issues and business members that do not deal with face-to-face relations, will also be exempt.
Residents will have until Wednesday to purchase their masks, and the order will last through May 27, 2020.
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The City Council Agenda stated that those caught without masks could be subject to a fine starting at $50.
If you're caught without a face mask for the second time, fines are increased to $250.
For any offenses that follow, a person can be charged up to $2,650 and is subject to a possible year in prison.
Several other cities in Colorado have added similar regulations to assist in slowing the spread, such as Glenwood Springs and Wheat Ridge.
Colorado has over 5.61 million residents, and as of the morning of April 28, there were 13,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Denver Post.
The state just moved into phase two of its safer-at-home plan.
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As such, some businesses that were deemed non-essential can now begin to reopen.
This has led some cities, like Aspen, to push for face-covering regulations.
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