SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will turn into the most recent state to elevate its masks mandate on Saturday, the deadline set by a brand new state regulation, however the capital metropolis and lots of companies will proceed requiring masks amid concern about communities nonetheless susceptible to the coronavirus pandemic.
Utah shall be becoming a member of not less than 10 different states which have lifted statewide masks orders, together with Montana, Wyoming and Texas. In Utah, masks will nonetheless be required for colleges and gatherings of greater than 50 folks, and companies can nonetheless select to require them.
Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport, the Utah Transit Authority and the Hogle Zoo are amongst people who have stated they’ll hold requiring masks and different security measures throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Utah counties can require masks of their jurisdictions. Solely Grand County, a vacationer vacation spot house to Arches and Canyonlands nationwide parks, has achieved so.
Salt Lake Metropolis will proceed its masks mandate after the statewide one is lifted, the mayor stated Wednesday, although the remainder of the county determined to not require masks.
Mayor Erin Mendenhall, a Democrat, stated protecting the mandate will defend residents, lots of whom haven’t but been vaccinated towards the coronavirus.
Leaders on the Republican-controlled county council, in the meantime, determined to elevate their mandate together with the remainder of the state. Council Chair Steve DeBry cited public well being information indicating most of the most susceptible residents are vaccinated and hospitals gained’t be pressured past capability.