DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has issued an executive order allowing Colorado businesses to refuse service to customers who won’t wear masks to prevent transmission of coronavirus.
The order on Thursday comes after authorities said a man was arrested last month in the shooting of a cook at a Waffle House in Aurora because the man was told he needed to wear a mask to be served. The Democratic governor said his order protects individual rights and the right of businesses to deny service. Polis also announced Colorado will steer $44 million of federal stimulus money to help schools where students have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus.