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Utah Gov. Opposes County Ordiances Making Gatherings Over 10 Illegal

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 Herbert said The Utah Department of Health has directed the orders be repealed immediately.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.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.