Parker White has threatened to call the authorities several times over mask confrontations in his shop, but he had not honored one of those threats until Friday.
White is the assistant manager at the Rocky Road marijuana dispensary in EagleVail, where a man was arrested Friday after refusing to wear a mask and then refusing to exit the shop.
White said he stopped short of pressing charges for trespassing, but the man was arrested by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for resisting arrest. The Sheriff’s Office did not respond to requests for more information on Saturday and Sunday.
On Wednesday, Governor Jared Polis extended Colorado’s mask law for a ninth time through executive order, requiring people 11 and older to wear face coverings in indoor spaces in Colorado.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Polis said extremely high viral presence continues in Colorado.
“Avoid socializing with people outside of your household, wear a mask around others, keep a distance of 6 feet,” Polis said.
Mask exemptions apply to people who “cannot medically tolerate a face covering,” according to the state’s website.
White says Rocky Road does allow guests who have a medical exemption to not wear a mask in the shop, but those customers must show proof that they are exempt from the governor’s executive order regarding masks.
“We also have an option for people to order online and pick up at the front entrance,” White said. “That’s the only real legal option we have to help people without a mask on, without putting our other customers at risk.”
White said the customer arrested on Friday told the front desk worker that he had a medical condition which exempted him from the mask law, but did not provide proof.
“He started trying to quote some HIPPA sections … I