SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Governor Gary Herbert has extended his order requiring face masks at state-run buildings that include liquor stores and higher education offices.
Additionally, Herbert extended the health risk status for Utah.
Currently Salt Lake City is at a “moderate risk” level (orange), 10 counties are in the “normal risk” category (yellow) and the rest of the state is considered “low risk” (green).
Both orders are now in effect until Aug 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. unless Gov. Herbert issues another extension.
The orders started back in June amid a “concerning” surge of new coronavirus cases. This is now the second extension since the orders were put in place.
The governor called wearing a face mask is a very “effective and low-cost” way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during a press conference held in June.
“As we relax restrictions, our personal responsibility should not loosen — as we eliminate restriction. In fact, our personal responsibility, if anything, should be dialed up. We should be more concerned as we interact with each other more commonly as we’ve done in the past,” said Herbert.
Herbert said face masks are an important aspect of personal responsibility.
“Personal responsibility is not just looking out for yourself. It’s looking out for those around you too,” said Herbert.
Herbert also said he plans to approve a request from the state’s largest county to make face coverings required in certain situations, but he stopped short Wednesday of implementing a statewide requirement for face coverings as several other states have done such as Washington, California and New York.
Herbert said the “heavy hand of government” isn’t needed to get most people to do the right thing. He instead wants local governments to make requests to require face masks if they see fit.
You can read the full executives order below:
Associated Press contributed to this report.