Provo passes resolution on masks, but mandate will have to wait

Aug 21, 2020, 8:57 AM

PROVO, Utah – The Provo City Council has passed a resolution urging people to wear a mask while in the city. However, a mask mandate is not off the table. 

The city surveyed residents on their attitudes towards a mask mandate. They received 2,675 comments in just over a day, with 60% of people supporting a mandate. 

Brigham Daniels, who called into Thursday evening’s virtual council meeting, spoke in support of a mandate because he believes the city could experience an “explosion” of COVID-19 cases with more college kids coming back to campus. 

“These kids are going to be coming from all over the country, and young people are young people. They are really social. So, I think it’s highly likely that there’s going to be community spread at a level we have not seen,” Daniels said. 

Others echoed that sentiment, pointing to an underground event held a few weeks ago where hundreds of young people partied without masks. 

Not everyone, however, is supportive of a mask mandate. Others who phoned in called it unconstitutional. 

A professor at Brigham Young University, who did not give his name, felt a mandate from the city is not needed.

“You can’t go to the doctor without a mask. You can’t go to the grocery store without a mask. You can’t go to Walmart without a mask, or Home Depot or Lowe’s…So, we’re talking about a mandate for something that is unnecessary,” the professor said. 

He also pointed out that college campuses in the area also require them. 

The council decided to table the mask mandate until a meeting on Tuesday because it was unclear how it would be enforced. 

But not before council members like Shannon Ellsworth pushed back on the idea of a mask mandate being constitutional. 

“We require traffic signals and speed limits,” Ellsworth said. “And those are laws that make a dangerous activity less dangerous. And that is why we need masks, to make a dangerous pandemic less dangerous.”     

Governor’s office clarifies school mask mandate penalty

Salt Lake County to extend mask mandate through end of year

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Police are looking for a shooting suspect, after a man was found with a critical gunshot wound in S...
Kate Davis and Simone Seikaly

One man wounded, suspect on the run after Glendale shooting

Glendale police said the shooting happened Wednesday night near 1665 South Riverside Drive, not far from the Jordan River.
8 hours ago
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA, USA - FEBRUARY 2: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Tuesday  morning 6 more wee...
Scottie Andrew, CNN

The bizarre history of Groundhog Day

So how did Groundhog Day go from a kooky local tradition to an annual celebration even those of us who don't worry about winter can find the fun in?
8 hours ago
Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, pictured here, in Ahmedabad India on April 2, 2014 abandoned a dea...
By Mark Thompson, CNN

Adani scraps $2.5 billion share sale as value of his empire collapses

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani on Wednesday abandoned a deal to raise $2.5 billion from investors after a week-long meltdown in the value of his logistics and energy business empire that started when an American short seller accused the conglomerate of fraud.
8 hours ago
Multiple Michigan agencies are investigating what happened to three local rappers, Armani Kelly, 28...
By Michelle Watson and Amy Simonson, CNN

3 rappers have been missing for 10 days since their scheduled performance was canceled, Detroit police say

Multiple Michigan agencies are investigating what happened to three local rappers who went missing 10 days ago after a performance at a club was canceled, Detroit police said.
8 hours ago
A herd of elk ended up on the roadways near I-80 and Foothill Boulevard on Thursday, Jan 26, 2023. ...
Mark Jones

Four elk killed as herd gets too close to I-215 and I-80

Four elk were killed Wednesday after a herd of elk got too close to I-215 and I-80. Two of the elk were struck and killed by vehicles. The other two had to be euthanized after being hit.
1 day ago
Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting Wednesday night that sent one person to the hosp...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City police investigating shooting, one person hurt

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting Wednesday night.  Police say the shooting occurred in the area of 1665 S. Riverside Drive at 6:43 p.m. One person was transported by ambulance to an area hospital in critical condition.  Police have been unable to locate a suspect. They say the suspect […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Provo passes resolution on masks, but mandate will have to wait