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SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall issues mask mandate for government buildings

Jul 28, 2021, 4:57 PM | Updated: Jul 29, 2021, 10:16 am
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FILE: Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall spoke to reporters outside Emerson Elementary School on Sept. 10, 2020. Photo: KSL NewsRadio
SALT LAKE CITY– All patrons must wear a mask while indoors in Salt Lake City government buildings following an executive order from Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall Wednesday.
 
The mayor said the mask mandate is directly related to the CDC’s recommendation Tuesday that people in counties of “high” or “substantial” risk of transmission should wear a mask indoors. 

 

“As a City we’ve always looked to the CDC and our health experts to guide our actions against the spread of COVID-19, and today is no different,” said Mendenhall in a statement, referring to the spike in coronavirus cases in Utah

In order to care for COVID-19 patients, some Utah hospitals have postponed elective surgeries

“It’s clear that cases are rising across the nation and right here in Utah. This measure we are taking is an important step in protecting everyone working or visiting a City facility,” Mayor Mendenhall said.

Mendenhall’s order is effective July 28, 2021, until amended or rescinded. 

Mask exemptions 

There are a handful of exemptions outlined in Mendenhall’s executive order.  

The exemptions are as follows: 

  • While actively eating or drinking, provided that the individual remains in place while eating or drinking;
  • While alone or only with other members of the same household in an office, room, cubicle, vehicle, or similar enclosure;
  • When communicating as or with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing if the speaker wears a face shield or uses alternative protection such as a plexiglass barrier;
  • When engaging in work authorized by the City where wearing a face mask would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines; 
  • When needed to confirm identity;
  • While outdoors and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from any individual from a different household; and 
  • Children younger than three years old. 
The pandemic endgame bill passed earlier this year prevents the mayor from making the mandate for the entire city, but she can mandate it in city-controlled buildings.

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