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Utah Governor Repeals Criminal Penalties For Gatherings

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Utah’s governor has repealed local orders creating criminal penalties for people who gather in groups of 10 or more as health officials warn that the coronavirus make take months to deal with. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday the orders in Salt Lake and Utah counties, two of the state’s most populated, had not been approved by the state government. The state has recommended against large gatherings, but not created a criminal penalty. Utah County authorities say they haven't been filing charges but want to make sure people understand the seriousness of the pandemic. Salt Lake County officials their order  was aimed at making sure people weren't risking spread of the virus.