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Plexiglass barriers being removed from Utah House chamber

Many members complained the barriers did nothing to protect against spreading the coronavirus, calling them “hygiene theater.”
Plexiglass barriers at Utah Legislature
Posted at 5:54 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 07:54:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House is removing many of the plexiglass dividers that were installed prior to the start of the 2021 session as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of the coronavirus, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

In an email sent to all House members by Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, and shared with The Salt Lake Tribune, representatives have the option of having their glass partitions removed.

“Due to concerns in the chamber regarding airflow and difficulty hearing, you may elect to have the plexiglass around your desk removed,” wrote Wilson. “We encourage those of you with any underlying health conditions or any of those who would like to keep their plexiglass up to do so.”

“Many members also had difficulty seeing the display boards because of glare. Members will be asked to continue diligently wearing masks, testing regularly and those that want to keep their plexiglass are able to,” said Wilson in a text message on Sunday.

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