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Harmons stores to require customers to wear masks statewide

Harmons grocery stores will require customers to wear masks in Salt Lake County starting June 27 and statewide starting July 5. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — Harmons grocery stores will require masks for all customers starting June 27 in Salt Lake County and July 5 in other locations across the state. 

In a news release sent out by the West Valley-based grocery store chain, the company said all of its workers will continue to wear masks as is its current policy. 

“Harmons is committed to doing all that we can to keep our associates and customers safe,” said Bob Harmon, company chairman, in the statement. “This is the obvious next step as cases continue to grow.” 

“From the beginning, we have followed advice from the Utah Department of Health and health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That recommendation includes wearing masks in public places and when social distancing is not possible,” Harmon continued. 

Salt Lake County officials asked Gov. Gary Herbert for the power to mandate masks in public places earlier this week. He agreed late Thursday. The new rule will take effect overnight. 


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States