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Governor issues formal order loosening Utah's COVID-19 restrictions

Governor Gary Herbert
Posted at 10:02 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 00:02:38-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert issued a formal order late Wednesday, moving Utah from "red" to "orange" on the risk level for COVID-19.

The executive order triggers a number of moves to start slowly re-opening businesses shuttered by the pandemic, but with strict health orders attached. Among the biggest changes? Restaurants could start dine-in service and some gyms and entertainment venues could re-open.

FOX 13 reported on Monday what the governor's order would likely entail, including strict social distancing, more of an emphasis on face masks in public and a continuation of people working from home.

On Wednesday morning, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said she would largely go along with the governor's order for Utah's most populous county, but added increased measures regarding face masks.

Read the governor's executive order here: