LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Starting, Saturday August 1, residents and visitors to Logan City must now wear masks to aid in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert approved a request from the city to require masks.

 Logan City Mayor Holly Daines asked for a citywide mask mandate to limit the spread of COVID-19, a request that drew mixed reactions from Cache County council members and city residents.

“This is the critical period with students going back to school, and with university students coming back to town, you know, who are coming from out of state and other places, this is a way to help protect our community,” Daines told reporters on Tuesday.

The request came after Herbert issued a mask mandate in all K-12 schools, and Utah State University implemented a similar rule on its campus in Logan.

Face coverings will be required inside of businesses and all city buildings, and while you’re waiting outside of businesses and places where social distancing isn’t possible as well as any public gathering indoor or outdoors. 

However, face coverings aren’t required for if you’re outside and able to social distance, for children under the age of 5, or on a person who has a health condition that doesn’t allow them to wear a face covering. 

“We’ve instructed our officers to basically provide education and enforcement, so unless someone has a repeated offender or is really belligerent we’re just trying to get people educated and get people to abide,” said Daines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Click here to download the ABC4 Utah News app for the first alerts on your phone. Sign up for the ABC4 Utah breaking news and daily newsletters.