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Restaurants prepare to implement face covering mandate in Salt Lake, Summit counties

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jun 26, 2020

Starting after midnight Saturday, June 27, face coverings will be required in Salt Lake and Summit Counties.

While some businesses across the state have already started mandating masks, others are now preparing to comply with the new order.

People will be required to wear masks at restaurants and bars until they are seated.

“So far, everyone’s been very receptive of it, no fighting back,” said Samantha Kirk, the general manager at Chedda Burger in the Gateway shopping center in downtown Salt Lake City.

The burger joint is committed to offering multiple options so all guests can enjoy their food.

“We do have disposable masks that we will give to our guests, but we also have online, curbside. We can deliver it to you out the door where we can walk it to you,” Kirk said.

Safety is the most important thing for guests and employees, she said.

“Everything that I can do to help that, I am definitely willing to do,” Kirk said.

The bar manager at Bout Time Pub & Grub at the Gateway said they bought 1,000 masks to prepare for the new mandate.

“Most of the people who are coming out are being responsible and taking it seriously, and we all have to in order to keep moving forward and actually be able to survive and stay open,” Dylan Jones said.

Having people wear masks will hopefully help keep the number of cases, he said.

“I hope the numbers going up encourages people to wear masks and take it seriously, because yeah, it’s on all our minds. If we shut down again, I mean it was rough enough the first time,” Jones said.

For more information on the mandates, click here.