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Denver metropolitan area’s ‘vax or mask’ mandate will disproportionately affect minorities

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The Denver metro area finally got its wish and reinstated an order for indoor masks at businesses until next year.

Local officials did so without a state mandate from the governor. Affected counties include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, and Jefferson.

However, companies seeking exemptions from the mask mandate can do so by requiring vaccine passports from their customers.

“We are broadcasting what I like to call a ‘vax or mask commandsDenver Mayor Michael Hancock said at a news conference. “Either your place or business requires proof of vaccination or you choose to be a place where only masks are required.”

Babies cannot be vaccinated, so young children over the age of two must wear a mask, except in Jefferson County, where the minimum age is three.

The “vaccine or mask” mandate will disproportionately affect minorities in Colorado, especially the Hispanic population that continues to lag behind in vaccine numbers.

According to federal data From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 38% of Hispanics in Colorado had been vaccinated as of November 15.

That compares with 71% of whites, 64% of Asians, and 62% of blacks in Colorado who have been vaccinated.

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