To wear a mask or not to wear a mask? That is the question.

The latest mask-wearing guidelines released in Colorado by Governor Jared Polis has named places of business that have lifted the face mask requirements for those who are vaccinated:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • King Soopers
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • Trader Joe's
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

One would think that these state guidelines would clear up any question regarding whether you need to wear a mask or not, but it feels just as ambiguous as ever. Even though the state sets its "guidelines," it remains "a recommendation," leaving the final decision to the individual business.

Not to mention, the other question: "Are people truly operating 'on their honor'" regarding if they are vaccinated or not? It reminds me of the conundrum of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The current environment is starting to feel similar to the elementary playground that was littered with peer pressure. Depending on the peer group you're with at any given time, you may be deemed a hero or villain depending on if you're masked or not masked, vaccinated or not vaccinated. But who's asking? 

According to 9News, approximately 3 million Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of June 3. It seems the number of vaccinations given has slowed a bit lately, as the state implemented the Colorado Comeback Cash program, so encourage people to get vaccinated, offering $1 million to one lucky vaccinated resident every week through July 7. 

Regardless of which side of the playground you're playing in, "to wear a mask or not to wear a mask" remains in question. Depending on where you go, when you get there, and who you're with determines if you may have to wear a mask or not. Now, that should be as clear as mud.

Are you confused about the mask guidelines in Colorado? Sound off in the comments.