Face Masks Now Required In Salt Lake, Summit Counties

Jun 27, 2020, 5:19 PM | Updated: Oct 30, 2022, 11:30 pm

Follow @KSL_AlexCabreroLike us on Facebook...

SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday was Day 1 of mandatory face mask usage in Salt Lake and Summit Counties. The order applies to public places, inside and outside, where consistent social distancing is not possible or reasonable.

Since coronavirus became a concern a few months ago, Bob and Judy Ries have worn masks anywhere they go. Now, they said they’re happy to see others wearing masks more often.

“It’s just such a little thing, you know? It’s not that big of a deal,” said Bob Ries.

“It’s just what we need, and we have to get rid of this virus somehow,” said Judy Ries.

The couple, who are in their 80’s, were grocery shopping at The Store in Holladay Saturday afternoon.

They said they felt safer shopping today because it was the first day wearing masks in public places was mandatory for Salt Lake and Summit Counties.

“I think it should have been done earlier, frankly,” said Judy Ries.

The new mandate says wearing masks in public spaces, inside and outside, are now required for situations where social distancing isn’t possible, reasonable, or prudent.

The Store, which is a small, locally-owned grocery store, has signs letting customers knows face masks are required.

“When people come in and they see those signs that say wear a mask,” said DJ Bolerjack, who is the marketing director of The Store. “We would hope that when people do come in, they’re wearing that mask to not only keep us safe, but we wear these to keep them safe.”

The same goes for Harmon’s grocery stores, which upped it a little bit by requiring masks in all their stores, Salt Lake County or not.

“It’s imperative we all help one another keep safe and healthy, and mask-wearing is a critical part doing this,” said Harmon’s owner Bob Harmon.

The Utah Transit Authority also announced all passengers and workers on trains, buses, and vans are required to wear masks.

If nothing else, businesses can now refuse service to those not wearing masks by saying it’s a health department requirement and not just store policy.

It gives store workers a little more teeth to enforce mask usage.

“I think people really understand what to expect now,” said Bolerjack.

For the Ries, they feel if more people wore a mask while out in public, it would slow the spread of coronavirus, keep others safer, and get the country going again.

“I think it’s the best thing they could have done,” said Bob Ries. “I hate to see people out of work and hate to see places closed, so masks, I think, is a good start.”

Of course, there are those who disagree with the mandate to wear a mask.

A handful of people weren’t wearing one inside grocery stores and gas stations.

KSL 5 TV Live


Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Assembly, right, announces the winner of the 2023 Nobel Pri...

David Keyton and Mike Corder

Nobel in medicine goes to 2 scientists whose work enabled creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

Two scientists have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries that enabled the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and could be used in the future to create other shots.

13 hours ago

child in doctor's office...

Mike Anderson

Flu, COVID cases expected to rise in Utah

The number of COVID-19 diagnoses continues to stay above what we saw over the summer but now some doctors are starting to see early signs of the flu as well.

6 days ago

President Joe Biden in State Dining Room at the White House...

Associated Press

Biden has gotten the updated COVID-19 vaccine and the annual flu shot, the White House says

The White House says President Joe Biden has gotten the updated COVID-19 vaccine and the annual flu shot.

9 days ago

FILE - COVID-19 antigen home tests indicating a positive result are photographed in New York, April...

Will Weissert

Biden administration announces $600M to produce COVID tests and will reopen website to order them

The Biden administration has announced that it is providing $600 million in funding to produce new at-home COVID-19 tests and allowing Americans to order up to four free tests per household.

11 days ago

COVID tests sent over to Catherine Thompson without her asking for them....

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Feds warn of evolving scam targeting Medicare users by sending unwanted COVID test kits

KSL Investigators have been hearing from Utahns that COVID-19 test kits are showing up in their mailboxes, out-of-the-blue.

14 days ago

electron microscope image of VOVID virus...

Kaigan Mears Bigler,

Utah Health panel provides update on latest COVID-19 developments

The COVID-19 virus keeps changing and cases are on the rise, but Utah doctors say recent developments in the fight against COVID-19 are positive.

17 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

rodeo contestant on a saddle bronc...


Get Ready for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo!

The Days of '47 Rodeo is a series of events everyone in the family can enjoy, with world-class rodeo contestants vying for the gold medal.

Electric LED Lightbulb Change In Light At Home...

Lighting Design

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Lighting

This guide explores indicators that suggest it’s time for a lighting upgrade with tips to make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. 

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Face Masks Now Required In Salt Lake, Summit Counties