SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utahns to “Stay Safe” and “Stay Home’ just a little longer.

The governor extended his directive on Thursday that was initially supposed to end on April 13th through the end of the month.

“We believe that adherence over the next couple of weeks to the directives we have in place will enable us to to get from this urgency phase in our state plan to move towards the stabilization effort and then to recovery,” said Governor Gary Herbert, R-Utah.

Salt Lake County made the same move Wednesday as well.

As part of the effort to reduce the spread in our communities, the governor is asking when people choose to go out for essential travel purposes that they wear masks.

Related: Drivers entering Utah will need to complete an online travel declaration form starting Friday

“I’d like to ask everyone to show your respect for our retail, particularly our grocery stores, by wearing a mask,” he said.

Wearing a mask would likely prevent others from catching the virus if you had it without knowing.

“If somebody is mildly symptomatic and they are wearing a homemade mask they are less likely to spread the disease to others,” Dr. Angela Dunn, the state’s epidemiologist said on Thursday. “It’s very important that we save our medical grad masks for our healthcare community,” she added.

Here’s how to make your own mask at home

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

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