How's your face mask looking? If it is at all like mine, it's seen better days. Before long, they may find themselves in a state of semi-retirement.

Earlier this morning (Monday, March 22, 2021) Mesa County Commissioner unanimously voted to pass a resolution to do away with government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions in the county.

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What exactly does that mean?

The resolution passed this morning is now known as the “Mesa County’s Free to Choose initiative.” According to KKCO, the resolution allows businesses to choose whether or not to impose restrictions such as mask-wearing or capacity limits.

Individuals will choose whether they want to continue to wear face coverings, stay at home, or frequent businesses that may or may not require face coverings." - Commissioner Cody Davis via KKCO

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When does this go into effect?

According to KKCO, the initiative will go into effect at the point all Mesa County residents 16 years of age and older have adequate access to the COVID-19 vaccine, which puts an estimated date at April 16, 2021. At the very latest, the initiative will go into effect on May 1, 2021.

What will become of face masks?

I don't know about you, but right now my glove compartment has about five of those things stuffed in it. Most look as though they've been ridden hard and put up wet.

To be perfectly honest, given how nasty my masks look, if that's what I've been breathing, I'm tempted to continue wearing the things. In the meantime, my excess face masks will be going in my fire safe so that someday I can tell my grandkids (that I don't have) about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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