SALT LAKE CITY — Reactions are mixed after Salt Lake County Commission’s decision to strike down a health order requiring kindergarten through sixth grade students to wear masks.
“I’m excited. We got one in the win column,” said Kish North.
"I’m so grateful I can keep my kids in school. I don’t have to pull them. That was my first thought. Yes, my kids can go to school,” said Sophia Anderson.
A group of medical experts, education leaders and elected officials express disappointment in the council’s decision.
“I hope to God that we are going to take two steps backward while we just took one step forward,” said Salt Lake School Board member Mohamed Baayd.
At a press conference after the vote, the group praised Salt Lake County Department of Health executive director Dr. Angela Dunn for her courage to suggest the health order. They worry infection rates will skyrocket in the next few weeks.
“We have to put masks on our children. It’s not about freedom, it’s not about USA. It’s about science and it’s about protecting the community,” Erika Tse, a West Valley physician’s assistant.
While there is no mandate, doctors suggest students still mask up in schools. They also urge those eligible to get vaccinated.