CO Governor On If He’s Getting Needed Supplies: ‘Of Course Not’ | Stephanie Ruhle | MSNBC

published on July 20, 2020

WHERE A NEW MASK MANDATE WENT INTO EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT THE GOVERNOR, JARED POLIS JOINS US NOW YOU SAID YOU WERE RESISTING THIS MASK MANDATE A, WHY WERE YOU RESISTANT AND

WHAT MADE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND? >> WE’VE BEEN FOCUSED ON WEARING MASKS SINCE MARCH AND HAD ABOUT 65% OF THE STATE THAT HAD A MUNICIPAL OR COUNTY MASK REQUIREMENT, WHICH WE WERE VERY

SUPPORTIVE OF AND, REALLY, THAT’S WHERE THE ENFORCEMENT IS BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT, AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT LEAVES 35% OF OUR STATE BEHIND

WHAT WE FOUND OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS IS THE AREAS OF OUR STATE, THE 65% THAT HAD MASK ORDERS HAD LOWER SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND ABOUT 15% GREATER MASK WEARING USAGE

SO, THEREFORE, BASED ON THAT INFORMATION, WE DECIDED TO TAKE IT STATEWIDE >> NOT WEARING A MASK IS NOW A CRIME YOU SAID IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED

TRESPASSING ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THAT CALL AND DO YOU PLAN TO ENFORCE IT? >> YEAH, I MEAN, IF SOMEBODY IS IN A BUSINESS WITHOUT A MASK OR

NAKED OR WITHOUT A SHIRT, IF IT REQUIRES A SHIRT FOR SERVICE OR WITHOUT SHOES, THEY ARE TESS PRAS TRESPASSING THEY CAN CALL LOCAL LAW

ENFORCEMENT AND SAY THEY HAVE SOMEONE THEY’VE ASKED TO LEAVE NICELY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONDS SERIOUSLY TO THOSE >> WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT OTHER LAWMAKERS, THOUGH?

SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT, WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL MAYORS, SEVERAL LAWMAKERS SAY THEY’RE NOT GOING TO ENFORCE IT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO COMPLY SHERIFFS, EXCUSE ME

>> THE AREAS THAT HAD MASK ORDERS IN OUR STATE, THE VERY FACT THERE WAS A MASK ORDER INCREASED MASK USAGE BY ABOUT 15% AND THOSE WERE GENERALLY NOT

WIDELY ENFORCED IN THOSE AREAS VERY FEW, IF ANY, SOME JURISDICTIONS HAD NO TICKETS GIVEN WHATSOEVER BUT IT STILL INCREASED MASK USAGE 15%

I’M FULLY EXPECTING THE STATE BENEFIT TO BE SIMILAR THAT PEOPLE WILL WEAR MASKS BECAUSE IT IS THE LAW AND THAT ALSO IT RAISES AWARENESS AND SPEAKS WITH MORAL CLARITY ABOUT

THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING MASKS TO SAVE LIVES AND SAVE OUR ECONOMY >> WHAT ARE BUSINESS LEADERS THERE TELLING YOU? WE KNOW THIS WEEK WE SAW SOME OF

THE LARGEST RETAILERS IN THE COUNTRY WALMART AND KROGER NOW HAVE A MASK MANTE FOR ALL OF THEIR SHOPPERS WHAT ARE BUSINESSES IN COLORADO

SAYING? >> THIS HELPS THEM WE’VE GOTTEN SUPPORT FROM MOST OF OUR MAJOR CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BECAUSE THIS ADDS THE FORCE OF LAW TO THE POLICIES

THEY ALREADY HAVE IT REALLY MAKES IT A LOT MORE MEANINGFUL IT’S HARD FOR LIKE A 19-YEAR-OLD KID AT A GROCERY STORE TO GO UP TO A PATRON AND SAY PLEASE PUT

ON A MASK THIS REALLY GIVES THOSE WORDS OR WHATEVER FORM THAT REMINDER TAKES TO WEAR A MASK WHEN THEY’RE INDOORS OR SHOPPING IT GIVES IT THE FORCE OF LAW IN

COLORADO AND HELPS THE SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE BUSINESSES TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS >> LET’S TALK SCHOOLS PEOPLE, OBVIOUSLY, WANT THEIR

KIDS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL BUT THEY WANT THEM TO DO IT SAFELY HOW ARE YOU WORKING WITH COLORADO SCHOOLS TO TRY TO REOPEN IN TERMS OF RESOURCES, MONEY, GUIDANCE?

>> WE’VE HAD A PRETTY GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH DAY CARE AND SUMMER CAMPS THEY’VE BEEN FULLY OPENED FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS THAT’S A DRY RUN

IT’S NOT THE SAME SCALE OF SCHOOL AND IT’S NOT THE SAME NUMBER OF KIDS BUT EACH DISTRICT IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN THEIR AREA TO

DEVELOP A PLAN TO SUCCESSFULLY REOPEN SCHOOLS AND SOME ARE GOING VIRTUAL SOME ARE MIXED SOME ARE IN PERSON REALLY DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION

IN THIS AREA BUT THE DISTRICTS ARE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY AS ARE THE TEACHERS WHO ALSO HAVE A LOT OF AT STAKE IN THIS >> LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU AND

WASHINGTON THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND, LARRY HOGAN HE WROTE AN OP-ED SAYING THE ADMINISTRATION ABANDONED HIM AND HIS STATE WHEN IT COMES TO

FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS ARE YOU GETTING WHAT YOU NEED FROM DC? >> OF COURSE NOT NOBODY IS IT’S NOT A PARTISAN THING

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SHOWY ANNOUNCEMENTS THEY MAKE EVERY NOW AND AGAIN BUT EVEN OFTEN WHAT THEY SAY THEY’RE GOING TO SEND US EITHER DOESN’T ARRIVE OR IN ONE OR TWO

CASES WE’VE GOTTEN THINGS WE DIDN’T REQUEST AND COULDN’T USE OR WERE SPOILED ALONG THE WAY BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T MAINTAINED AT THE PROPER TEMPERATURE SO WE’VE REALLY LEARNED TO FEND

FOR OURSELVES I KNOW A NUMBER OF OTHER GOVERNORS HAVE WE’RE PURCHASING MASKS AND EQUIPMENT, TESTS FROM SOUTH KOREA AND IMPORTING THEM

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