In an unbelievable announcement the city of Englewood, Colorado, just south of Denver, is now requiring all of its residents and visitors to wear face masks or coverings amid a spike in coronavirus cases — and violators could face up to a year behind bars, coupled with a hefty fine. This is something that makes some scratch their head. The reason is that many cities, counties and even the feds have released prisoners citing the reason is Covid-19. So the city of Englewood let criminals out because of covid but will put people in prison for not wearing a mask.
The new emergency order, issued by City Manager J. Shawn Lewis and approved by the city council Monday, went into effect Thursday July 9th. It states that everyone over the age of 6 will be required to wear a mask while outside their homes. This strict sort of order has been under scrutiny for months now. Many people feel that many areas have gone too far. Such as making people wear masks in an outdoor park.
Face masks must be worn inside any retail or commercial business, governmental office, or health care facility, including veterinary offices, officials say.Englewood, CO Emergency Order
They must also be worn while waiting for or riding on public transportation, as well as inside taxis or other ride-sharing vehicles.Englewood, CO Emergency Order
Face masks are not required inside personal offices as long as co-workers are working at least six feet away and there are no clients or customers in the room.Englewood, CO Emergency Order
First offenders will be ticketed with a $15 fine, and second and subsequent offenders will have to shell out $25.Englewood, CO Emergency Order
However, the order states that the maximum penalty is a fine of up to $2,650, 360 days behind bars or both.
“Any person charged with an offense under this Emergency Order may choose to enter a plea of not guilty and be entitled to a trial as authorized by the law,” the order states.
Colorado has reported 35,116 coronavirus cases and 1,704 deaths, the latest data shows. Although the cases are not out of control like many areas. Colorado is (except in Denver or Boulder) very spacious. It is easy to social distance in the great outdoors.