As Statewide Mask Mandate Ends, Some Business Owners Plan To Continue The Practice

Apr 8, 2021

As ordered by Gov. Spencer Cox, the state mask mandate ends as of April 10th for the general public. According to Fox 13, State employees and those on state properties will still be required to wear a mask until at least May 31. The governor has also encouraged business owners in the state to still require mask-wearing. 

Daniel Arias, who runs the El Toro Viejo restaurant on Main Street in Logan, wants to continue requiring face masks even after the state mask mandate ends. He said a lot of people have not yet received their vaccine and wants to extend the requirement as much as possible to help prevent positive cases.

“We are going to require it for more time, we are going to give it more time” Arias said. “Depending on how it looks, if a lot of people have been vaccinated and there are less people infected, I think we will remove it, but for now we aren't planning to remove it.”

He understands that some customers will oppose but, he wants everyone to know he is doing it for the safety of everyone.

“More safety for everyone, for us, for the people that come, to cover ourselves,” Arias said.

Kency Noriega, who owns the Market Los Primos in Logan, said she also plans on continuing mask-wearing after this week but is aware once the state mask mandate expires, some customers may choose not to wear one.

“We will stay the same, will continue normal, that they keep using it. If it isn't law I imagine that a lot of people don't want to use it,” she said.

 

And mandate or not, across the United States there have been many examples of people who refuse masks. Norigea said they have experienced this at their store. 

 

“Here, we require it,” she said, “And even then there are people that don’t wear it and even get mad.”