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Questioning interpretation of mask order

Letter to the Editor


10/02/2020 | Comments

Robert R. (Letter to the Editor, Herald Sept. 4 issue), stated “I am certain that current law allows us to take off masks.”

As Peter said in his First Epistle (1 Peter 2:13-17) to various churches in Asia Minor suffering religious persecution: ”Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake, whether it be to the king as supreme or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the approval of those who do good. For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people. Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God. Give honor to all, love the community, fear God, honor the king.”

In fact Mr. R, you are incorrect regarding mask wear in church and at Mass. According to Governors Executive Order D 2020-190 dated Sept. 12, extending the previous order: “The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths: • “When entering or moving within any public indoor space.” • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

For the mask order, “public indoor space” means a publicly or privately owned, managed, or operated, enclosed indoor area that is accessible to the public, is a place of employment or is an entity that provides services. Houses of worship are specifically included, and any person who removes their mask in a house of worship is violating Colorado’s executive order and underlying laws, as well as potentially passing a deadly disease to another of God’s children.

Jim Rooney

Parker


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