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Cox Says Schools Can Drop Mask Mandate During Last Week Of Classes


Utah won’t require masks to be worn in K-12 schools during the final week of classes, Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday. However, he added local school districts could choose to continue the mandate if they felt it was appropriate, according to Deseret News.Cox said he felt like the decision was a “really solid compromise opportunity” because many superintendents across the state had asked for an end to the mandate. He also said waiting until the end of the school year to lift the requirement would allow children to stay home if they were uncomfortable being around large groups of mask-less students. 


Cox made clear that Utahns have the choice of whether to wear masks or not and encouraged everyone to be “respectful of the choices that are made.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!