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Jason deBruyn
Many businesses require patrons to wear masks, but have also told store employees not to engage with unruly customers.

Today on Colorado Edition: the latest on Colorado’s census count and statewide residential care facility visitation guidelines. Plus, how our state’s colleges and universities are dealing with COVID-19, and the toll that mask mandates have had on frontline workers.

Complete Count

The deadline for the census count was supposed to be this month, but a lawsuit may change that. Meanwhile, concerns from public officials, government watchdogs and researchers remain about how accurate this count will be. The census directs billions of federal dollars and determines how representation is apportioned.

KUNC’s Adam Rayes is following the census and joined us with the latest on how the count in our state is going.

Residential Care Facility Visitation Guidance

The state has released indoor visitation guidance for residential care facilities. Visitors were not allowed at these facilities for months, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in facilities that were hit hard early on by the virus. These new guidelines allow for visitors to enter facilities, under certain restrictions.

Bob Murphy, state director of AARP Colorado, explained the significance of the new guidance.

COVID-19 And Colorado’s Colleges

COVID-19 cases continue to tick up at Colorado's universities, and one has had to close campus as a result.

Last week, Colorado College, based in Colorado Springs, announced that most classes would move online for the rest of the semester — and that students living on campus would have to leave.

Jason Gonzales, higher education reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, joined us with the latest.

Mask Mandates And Frontline Workers

In Colorado, as in many other states, masks are required in public indoor spaces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That requirement has made many people angry, some of whom are carrying guns. As Guns And America’s Jason deBruyn reports, that can put frontline workers in a dangerous situation.

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Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

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Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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