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Mask Orders Boost Economy While Protecting Public From COVID-19, Researchers Say

Nov 23, 2020, 11:23 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With Utah’s state mask mandate remaining in place, a new study shows mask orders not only slow the spread of COVID-19, but they have positive impacts on the state’s economy as well.

Researchers from the David Eccles School of Business found nationwide if people mask up it gives people the confidence to go out and spend money.

“I do feel safer if I see everybody wearing a mask around and I’m wearing a mask,” said Lorraine Mazias, who was out shopping Monday.

Utah’s statewide mask mandate gives some shoppers that extra layer of comfort.

“I feel a little safer with masks. I’m personally not a fan of them,” said Michelle George, another shopper.

According to health experts, you do not have to be a fan to recognize masks slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, this new study from the Eccles School of Business shows mask mandates actually boosts the economy — an area Utah continues to perform better in than most, if not, all states, according to economic experts.

“Statewide mask requirements are able to save lives and livelihoods. The data is very clear when people feel more confident, they go out and they spend,” said Nathan Seegert, assistant professor at the Eccles School of Business.

A local consumer survey found people would be 51% more likely to go to a store if everyone was wearing a mask.

Researchers said their study also discovered state mask requirements are more effective than county-level requirements. Some folks said it is just the right thing to do.

“The science says it really helps people, just wear it,” said Chuck Ranin.

Researchers also said they believe at the end of this pandemic, it will go down in history as a pink collar recession, meaning it has been harder on women in the workforce than men.

For the full study, click here.

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