June 23, 2020
Mayor Wilson submits request to Governor Herbert to require face coverings in public
Salt Lake County, UT – In response to the recent surge of coronavirus cases in Salt Lake County, Mayor Wilson formally requested that Governor Gary Herbert allow Salt Lake County to require face coverings in retail and commercial establishments.
“Salt Lake County is in agreement with the State’s healthcare leaders and State epidemiologist, Angela Dunn, that we are nearing our last chance for a course correction to manage the spread and death of COVID-19,” said Mayor Wilson. “I don’t want more severe restrictions. Face coverings are our most effective tool in avoiding that.”
Gary Edwards, executive director of Salt Lake County Health Department, cited recent studies that confirm the effectiveness of face coverings and their ability to reduce the transmission risk 75% - 82%. “Face coverings are not only one of the most effective methods for reducing transmission, they are in many ways the least intrusive to our daily lives,” said Edwards. “We can still work, socialize and conduct daily tasks with minimal inconvenience or effort.”
The County’s request to Governor Herbert asks for approval to require individuals to wear face coverings in retail and commercial establishments, restaurants while waiting to be seated and served, and at community gatherings. The proposed requirement would take effect 12:01 a.m. June 27, 2020. No decision has been made at this point.
To see the request letter sent to Governor Gary Herbert, click here.