In first week of Denver’s mask order, police responded to 50 disputes over compliance

Posted at 10:39 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 12:39:23-04

On the afternoon of May 9, a customer walked into The Clinic Colorado on Colorado Boulevard in Denver without a mask on and attempted to buy marijuana.

A store employee, Adam Mikdad, told him they could not serve him without a face covering. The man, arguing that he has a breathing condition, became rude and unruly. He then refused to leave the store’s small atrium, making it impossible for customers to enter and exit the dispensary.

The incident was one of 50 in which Denver police became involved during the first week of Mayor Michael Hancock’s order mandating customers wear masks inside stores, according to data provided by the city’s Joint Information Center. The calls came from marijuana dispensaries and convenience stores, along with supermarkets, liquor stores, addiction treatment centers, banks and fast food restaurants.

Denver police did not issue any citations, Heather Burke, a spokeswoman for the Joint Information Center, said in an email.

“Officers are still trying to gain compliance through education,” she said.

Read the full story in The Denver Post.