Salt Lake County Mask Mandate Extended Through End Of 2020

Aug 19, 2020, 2:10 PM | Updated: Aug 20, 2020, 11:59 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake County officials have extended the county’s mask mandate through the end of the year, prompting mixed reactions from businesses and residents, some of whom marched through Salt Lake City streets calling for an end to mandates.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson on Wednesday signed an order extending the mandate, which requires masks or face coverings to be worn in public spaces where social distancing is not an option, through Dec. 31, 2020.

“We know that face coverings work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we know that Salt Lake County’s face covering requirement has resulted in more people wearing face coverings when they are out in public,” said Chloe Morroni, communications director for Salt Lake County. “We’ve seen proof of this in Salt Lake County case counts dropping more quickly and steadily than the rest of the state, and in comparing face-covering usage in Salt Lake County with face-covering usage in surrounding counties. In short, the steps we have taken in Salt Lake County are working as we’d hoped.”

Yesterday, the Salt Lake County Council extended our emergency declaration through the end of the year, and today, Salt Lake County Health Department and Mayor Jenny Wilson extended the public health order and face covering requirement to match that timeline.

Posted by Salt Lake County Government on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Four more months of masks means the signs at the entrance to The Charleston Draper will remain until at least the end of the year. One notifies customers of its “no shirt, no shoes, no facemask, no service” policy. Another encourages physical distancing and discourages people from coming in if they have symptoms.

“The most important thing is take care of your customers,” said Marco Silva, owner and chef at The Charleston Draper. “I don’t like to wear it but I have to protect myself and everybody else that works for me.”

Like so many other businesses, Silva’s restaurant struggled during the first few months of the pandemic. But since reopening in May, Silva says his restaurant is moving in the right direction. The newly paved patio offers plenty of space between tables and chairs. And Silva says the physical distancing and masks are paying off, for the most part.

“We have sometimes issues with people that don’t believe masks help,” he said.

Believe it or not, masks are here to stay in Salt Lake County after Mayor Jenny Wilson extended the health order and mask mandate through the end of the year.

“We’re six months into this emergency and we recognize that until we have a vaccine we need to continue to battle COVID-19,” Wilson said. “I think the mask requirement will help us. We know that it’s working.”

But the extension was bad news for the crowd that gathered at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday night.

“Our voices are not being heard,” said rally organizer Britney Lindsey. “Our voices are not being heard in any part of this, so we’re here tonight because we will be heard.”

She and others marched in a rally requesting the removal of mask mandates.

“There is so much anxiety in our society right now because of these stupid mandates that are being forced upon every single citizen,” she said.

As for Silva, he may not like wearing them, but he remained committed to doing his part to keep people safe and his business running.

“It is not nice, especially when you work for 16 hours. But we have to do what we have to do,” he said. “I think if it is something will help us get somewhere better for everybody, I’m totally okay with that.”

The county put the order into place in June. Authorities have reported a decline in new COVID-19 cases since the mask mandate began.

Gov. Gary Herbert has declined to issue a statewide mask mandate, saying that he hopes Utahns will choose to do the right thing.

“If we reach a point when the data and our public health experts tell us face coverings are no longer necessary, the order will be rescinded early,” Morroni said. “Until we have a treatment proven effective or a vaccine widely available, it’s important for us all to continue taking the precautions we can, including washing hands regularly, staying isolated at home when we’re ill, social distancing, and wearing face coverings.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

emergency lights...

Mark Jones

Man taken into custody for alleged assaults at Cathedral of the Madeleine

A 31-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly began assaulting random people duing Sunday service at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

1 hour ago

Taylorsville police said Sunday a 35-year-old man drowned in the swimming pool of an apartment comp...

Mark Jones

Man dies after drowning in swimming pool at Taylorsville apartment complex

Taylorsville police said a 35-year-old male drowned Sunday.

3 hours ago


Collin Leonard, KSL.com

Layton man charged with killing his father now charged with threatening puppy owner

A Layton man charged this month with brutally killing his father now faces an additional criminal charge after police say he threatened to kill a man selling puppies the day before his father was found dead.

3 hours ago

A paraglider was injured and taken to the hospital after crashing in Washington County on Sunday, M...

Mary Culbertson

Paraglider injured after crashing in Washington County

A paraglider was injured after crashing near Blue Springs Reservoir in Washington County.

8 hours ago

FILE - Police lights (Ray Boone, KSL TV)...

Mary Culbertson

Man shot, killed in Salt Lake City homicide

One man is dead after he was shot in a Glendale neighborhood. Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

11 hours ago

A large fire at a historic church building in downtown Salt Lake required a three-alarm response fr...

Mary Culbertson, Brianna Chavez and Shelby Lofton

Historic church burns in downtown Salt Lake City

A large fire at a historic church building, the Wells Ward meetinghouse, caused a four-alarm response from Salt Lake Fire Department.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Salt Lake County Mask Mandate Extended Through End Of 2020