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Gov. Herbert to review Salt Lake County's request to mandate masks Thursday

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 21:31:05-04

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.