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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, center, wears a face mask as he heads into a news conference to talk about the state's efforts to check the spread of coronavirus Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Denver. The governor extended the mask mandate again on Sunday, with a new provision. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Gov. Jared Polis extended the statewide mask order Sunday through June 1 with a new provision to allow groups of people to gather without masks if a majority of them have been vaccinated.  

The order allows groups of 10 or more people to go without a mask in a public indoor space if 80% of them have shown proof of vaccination, it states. El Paso County can allow these gatherings even though the virus is on the rise in the community based on the parameters in the new order. 

Masks remain mandatory in certain settings such as jails, schools and health care buildings among others, the order said. 

"Reaching a high level of immunity is what will allow for a life without masks, but before that is possible, many more Coloradans need to get vaccinated," a news release said. 

The state currently allows residents in counties to go without masks where on average over a week fewer than 35 people per 100,000 are testing positive. 

The original order was issued April 17, 2020, and directed essential workers and those in government functions to wear masks. The mandate became statewide to all Coloradans over the age of 10 and for all indoor, public places on July 16, 2020. Polis has been amended or extended 12 times since. 

Contact the writer at mary.shinn@gazette.com or (719) 429-9264.

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