A Colorado city located just south of Denver is requiring all citizens to wear coronavirus face masks, threatening up to nearly one year in prison for those who violate the new mandate.
An emergency order issued by Englewood City Manager J. Shawn Lewis and approved by the city council Monday says that every resident over the age of six must wear a face covering when outside their homes.
The new order says that a face mask covering both the mouth and nose must be worn while in any retail, commercial, or government offices, including healthcare facilities and veterinary offices.
People using public transportation will also be required to wear a mask, including all ride-sharing drivers, unless family members are in the vehicle.
The Englewood police department has been ordered to ticket first offenders with a $15 fine and second offenders with an additional fine of $25.
The maximum penalty for violating the mandate is a fine of no more than $2,650 and up to 360 days in prison.
The emergency order went into effect on July 10 at 8 a.m.