The governor says the masks are a necessary tool to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis signed a new executive order giving business in Colorado the ability to refuse service to customers who aren't wearing face masks. The order went into effect this afternoon.

"It’s absolutely within the rights of a private business to refuse service to a customer not wearing masks," Polis said.

However, Polis has not issued a statewide mask mandate, like the one currently in place for Denver.

"Wearing a mask is one of the easiest and most impactful things (we) can do," Polis said. "... So don't be 'that guy' and wear a mask."

In addition to the new order, Polis also discussed the program that the state is working on to allow nursing home residents to receive visits from family members, as well as touching on the use of federal money towards schools with underserved students.

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