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Salt Lake County requires masks in all indoor public spaces

A KN95 mask and a surgical mask.
Photo illustration by Max Posner/NPR
A KN95 mask and a surgical mask.

A Salt Lake County mask mandate was issued Friday by Health Executive Director Dr. Angela Dunn. The mandate took effect at midnight and will be in place for thirty days, ending at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7. It requires masks in all indoor public spaces.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall asked that the order be put in place due to rising COVID-19 case numbers. Mendenhall cited the state's nearly 9,000 case count on Thursday as evidence that action needs to be taken. She said the county should be using every tool available to help the healthcare system during this time.

While the County Council can overturn this mandate, it appears for now they will not. County Council member Aimee Winder Newton came out in favor of the mandate despite usually opposing government orders, becoming an important swing vote in the issue.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.