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Salt Lake City extends masks policy for Salt Lake City School District through winter break

Anastazia Dall works in her first grade class at Nibley Park School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Kids in the Salt Lake School District will be wearing masks to school through at least the end of the calendar year. The city council voted last night to extend an emergency health order until December 20th.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall can only issue an emergency order for 30 days. But according to council lawyers, the council can extend it longer, and they did, until just after school gets out for winter break.

Masks in the Salt Lake School District

Mayor Erin Mendenhall presented data to the council at Tuesday’s meeting saying over the last 40 days the district has had under 864 Covid cases.

“Which is pretty dramatically lower than other school districts particularly when you look at our student populations,” she said.

She told the council 62% of eligible kids in the district are vaccinated. Council members then discussed whether to extend it longer than 30 days.

“I would advocate for giving teachers and parents as much leeway to plan as possible,” said council member Darin Mano. 

The council said they would vote at their December 14th meeting whether to extend it longer than the current ending date of December 20th.

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is 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.
  • Wear a mask.
  • 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.
  • Get vaccinated.

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