SALT LAKE CITY – Public health contracts around COVID-19 have already been terminated after the state achieved a series of indicators set out in a bill passed by the Utah legislature, FOX 13 confirmed.
The bill, called the “COVID-19 Ultimate Game,” removes restrictions on the amount of collection and social distancing imposed by the Utah Department of Health. Before that, the mandate of the mask for the whole country ended.
According to the Utah Department of Health, the state cleared a key indicator Tuesday afternoon: More than 1
The bill means that there will be no state restrictions on collection and social distancing. He is also terminating local orders that require them, such as in Salt Lake City and Grand County. However, there are some exceptions:
- Gov. Spencer Cox imposed a mandate for all government facilities (including Capitol Hill, DABC stores, driver’s license offices, etc.) until May 31. Each agency can then decide whether it wishes to proceed with the mask requirement.
- The mandate remains in effect for all K-12 schools in Utah.
- Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has imposed a mandate on all county-owned sites.
- Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has imposed one on all city facilities.
- The Utah Transit Authority said it would require masks and social distancing of all its buses and trains by the end of September.
- Private business may still require masks and physical distancing of customers.
In an interview with FOX 13 on Tuesday, Governor Cox was pleased to hear the news.
“We are headed in the right direction. Again, this does not mean that the virus has disappeared. Therefore, we encourage people to continue to take the right safety precautions. If you are in large groups inside, still be careful. If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask and protect yourself, “he said.” But the message is: get vaccinated. The reason we identified 1.6 million was because we knew that would be enough to get vaccines to bring us as close as possible to herd immunity. It only works if you get vaccinated. “
The bill was introduced to the legislature earlier this year with the intention of ending public health orders and ending the pandemic.. Governor Cox criticizes the bill, but he signed it because he believed the legislature had the power to repeal it and immediately terminate the term of the mask.
Instead, the governor negotiated the thresholds with lawmakers. The state has a fairly high rate of vaccination acceptance, although the pace has begun to slow with more supply than demand now. At a recent briefing before a legislative committee, UDOH said it could be the end of summer before the state achieves “herd immunity”.
The bill allows local authorities to issue their own mandates. Only Grand County did so, arguing that it was visited by millions of tourists and a 17-bed hospital in Moab., they can not cope with the outbreak. But under the new law, it will be terminated.
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