Amid a national rise in COVID-19 cases, Colorado is the latest Mountain West state to ease its mask mandate. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement issued April 2 that the loosening of a mask order is “a step toward the light at the end of the tunnel.” It eases restrictions for Colorado counties with low transmission rates. The change comes as the state opens up vaccinations to all people over 16. Polis’s announcement puts the state closer in line with Republican-led Montana and Wyoming, where mask-wearing has been deeply politicized. Governors in those states lifted mask mandates in February and March, respectively. In Idaho, another state where mask-wearing is particularly polarizing , Gov. Brad Little never enacted a mandate. And in Utah,...
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As COVID Cases Climb, Mountain West Reflects 'Unfortunate Coupling Of Politics And Masks'