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SL County extends COVID-19 mask mandate through the end of this year

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 21:24:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has signed an order extending her mask mandate through the end of this year.

FOX 13 first reported the mayor's action, when she signed the order.

"We're six months into it and until we have a vaccine we need to continue to battle COVID-19," she said in a statement. "We now have the tools to do so until the end of the year and the mask requirement will help us. We know that it's working. We're seeing cases fall, which is amazing. We're also seeing some concern as school opens."

The mandate, which requires face coverings in businesses and in public where social distancing is not possible, will be in effect through Dec. 31. The mayor has said the mandate has led to a decline in COVID-19 cases.

Salt Lake, Summit and Grand counties have implemented mandates. So has Springdale and Logan. Provo is contemplating one. Governor Gary Herbert has declined to issue a statewide mandate, but has urged Utahns to wear them voluntarily.