SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert said Wednesday that he will review a request from Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson to require people to wear facial coverings in public places within the county as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Herbert said he and the state's COVID-19 Unified Command team will review the request Thursday, and, if there is sufficient data to back the request, he'll grant it.
On Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall wrote a letter to the governor, asking him to support the county's request.
"Requiring masks is a low-impact way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without having to revert to stricter measures. I still believe the state needs to consider this everywhere, but today I specifically asked that we be allowed to require them in [Salt Lake City] alongside the county," Mayor Mendenhall said on Twitter.