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Salt Lake County okays going mask-free in county facilities if vaccinated

May 14, 2021, 3:47 PM | Updated: 3:55 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County officials said Friday residents can go mask-free in county facilities so long as they are vaccinated for COVID-19. 

The change comes following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this week, the CDC said vaccinated people can go mask-free either indoors or outdoors. 

New mask-free policy for Salt Lake County facilities – if vaccinated

“Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor or outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” Salt Lake County Health Department Executive Director Gary Edwards said, removing his mask. “Those not vaccinated, including children under 12 years of age, still need to take precautions including wearing a well-fitted mask.” 

 This story will be updated. 


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.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • 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).
  • Obtain a flu shot.
  • Seek out the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

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Salt Lake County okays going mask-free in county facilities if vaccinated