Watch: Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 in Colorado


DENVER (KDVR) — Gov. Jared Polis will hold a news conference Thursday at 2:05 p.m. on COVID-19 in Colorado.

Polis announced a new campaign called,“Our Masks are Our Passport to the Colorado We Love,” which encourages Coloradans to wear masks as much as possible when they leave the house. 

Additionally, . Polis signed an executive order that amends and extends prior executive orders concerning non-medical face coverings, to provide “discretion to employers and operators of places of public accommodation to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering.”

The state also finalized guidance for places of worship, outdoor recreation and personal recreation. This guidance allows up to 50% capacity at places of worship, but no more than 50 people for in-person worship. This also allows for pools to open in a limited capacity. 

Polis also plans to bolster the state’s education system through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. This $44 million is intended to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on high-needs students from preschool through higher education.

In addition, the state is also launching LIFELINE PASS, which will encourage nursing homes and senior care facilities to allow visitation from relatives who have tested negative for COVID-19. This program will allow people who have tested negative for COVID-19 and have no known exposure or symptoms, to visit loved ones.

During his news conference, he also praised the demonstrators who have continued making their voices heard and remarked on the wise words of Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s daughter.

“A video of George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna, being carried on the shoulders of one of George’s closest friends went viral this week. Smiling, she declares: ‘Daddy changed the world.’ And he certainly did. One of the best things about being a parent is those moments when our children show us wisdom in an unexpected way. Let us allow Gianna Floyd’s youthful wisdom to guide us in our quest for justice and equality. Let us live up to an innocent child’s expectations of what this country is capable of, and let us deliver on her promise of a changed world,” Polis says.

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