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DENVER (KDVR) — Mayor Michael Hancock said the indoor mask mandate/proof of vaccination public health order will not be extended. Beginning Friday, masks will not be required indoors in Denver. However, masks are still required in schools and child care facilities.

Other places masks are still required are on all RTD buses, trains and other public transportation, and Denver International Airport.

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment’s Bob McDonald said modeling shows lifting the face-covering mandate is safe as cases continue to decrease and it appears that the omicron surge is diminishing. Denver is at 78% vaccination, Hancock said.

McDonald showed data that the majority of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are of unvaccinated people.

A spokesperson for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment told FOX31 last week it is “likely” the city will drop the mandate, which is set to expire on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Mountain counties, such as Summit and Eaglewere some of the first to experience the omicron wave in late 2021 and have already been letting indoor mask mandates expire based on a steady and sharp decline in cases.

The latest modeling estimates that 80% of the state population will be immune to omicron by mid-February as immunity continues to rise. Currently, the modeling shows that one in 19 Coloradans is currently infectious.

You can watch the full press conference from Mayor Hancock on FOX31 NOW.