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Iron County sheriff says he won’t enforce statewide COVID-19 mandates

Iron County Sheriff Ken Carpenter
Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 10, 2020

PAROWAN, Utah — Gov. Gary Herbert has called on everyone in Utah to wear masks, socially distance in public and limit casual gatherings to the people they live with, otherwise they could face penalties. But at least one county won’t be helping the governor enforce his emergency order, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“We don’t really believe that this is entirely the right solution,” said Iron County Sheriff Ken Carpenter. “If our store owners and citizens wish to follow those mandates, that’s their choice. But health care is a personal decision and shouldn’t be a government mandate.”

Carpenter added that pandemic restrictions were causing other adverse effects on county residents' well-being. People are afraid to go to the hospital to treat non-COVID-19 conditions, he said, and social distancing was taking an emotional toll.

Click here to read the full report from The Salt Lake Tribune.