Utah Gov. Opposes County Ordiances Making Gatherings Over 10 Illegal

Mar 20, 2020

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is telling Utah County officials to repeal an order making it illegal to hold public gatherings with more than 10 people. Salt Lake County issued a similar health order Wednesday.

The Governor said he was not consulted about the new orders which states initial violations of any public health order can be punishable as a Class B misdemeanor and following violations can be punished as Class A misdemeanors. Herbert said The Utah Department of Health has directed the orders be repealed immediately.

Similar to Salt Lake County’s order, Utah County’s order also limited public gatherings to 10 people or less. 

That order was issued on Wednesday, according to the county's website.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and Health Department Executive Director Gary Edwards released a joint statement saying no additional restrictions were imposed by the county on Thursday.  They said in order to be in legal compliance with the state’s order, Salt Lake County simply mirrored the state order and did not add any additional limitations.