CORONAVIRUS

Gov. Herbert Approves Mandatory Face Mask Requests For Salt Lake, Summit Counties

Jun 25, 2020, 7:13 PM | Updated: 11:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Gov. Herbert has approved requests from Salt Lake and Summit counties to require face masks in certain public, retail and commercial settings.

“Notifications are in the process of being made to the two requesting jurisdictions that they may implement a face covering requirement. Governor Herbert has approved their requests,” said Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton, acting director of the Utah Department of Health.

Both counties had previously submitted their requests and Herbert said Wednesday he planned to approve Salt Lake County’s request Thursday.

Summit County announced their request Thursday with a proposed public health order.

Details about enforcement and when the requirements go into effect were not immediately available.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and Salt Lake County Health Department Executive Director Gary Edwards said they would address the media Thursday night to provide addition details.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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Gov. Herbert Approves Mandatory Face Mask Requests For Salt Lake, Summit Counties