Salt Lake City – The public health directive on COVID-19 has now been discontinued after the state adopted a series of indicators listed under a bill passed by the Utah Legislature FOX 13. Confirmed
The bill, nicknamed “COVID-19 endgame,” raised limits on the collection of size and social distance mandated by the Utah Department of Health. It had previously ended statewide mask orders.
“We were finally able to go to the full theater again, have outdoor concerts, go to the lagoon, enjoy the rides, don’t have to try to collect masks, and it̵7;s a great opening again,” Bill Ray Sponsor Paul Ray said. R-Clearfield told FOX 13.
As reported by the Utah Department of Health on Tuesday afternoon, it cleared an important benchmark: more than 1.63 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine allocated. Utah now receives 1.65 million doses.Previously, the state had cleared the billing threshold for COVID-specific patient and intensive care hospital rates.
The bill means there will be no state restrictions on assembly and social distancing. It also terminates local orders that it requires, such as in Salt Lake City and Grand County, however there are a few exceptions:
- Governor Spencer Cox has set mask regulations for all state facilities (including Capitol Hill, DABC shops, driver’s license offices, etc.) until May 31, after which each agency can decide. Whether you want to continue with the mask requirements.
- The mask order remains in effect for all K-12 schools in Utah until June 15 or the end of the 2020-21 school year, whichever comes first.
- Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has established mask regulations for all county-owned facilities.
- Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City, has designated all city-owned amenities.
- The Utah State Transportation Authority said masks and social aloofness must be used on all buses and trains through Sept. 13.
- Private businesses still have to mask and physically aloof their customers.
Representative Ray said he supports the right of private businesses to tell customers to “hide”.
“We don’t want to step on our toes or violate our own business, so if they want a mask they can definitely do it,” he said.
In an interview with FOX 13 on Tuesday, Gov. Cox was delighted to hear the news.
“We’re headed in the right direction again, that doesn’t mean the virus is going away, so we encourage people to take appropriate safety precautions. If you’re in a large group, be careful. “If you’re not fully vaccinated, wear a mask and protect yourself,” he says. “But the message is: Get vaccinated. The reason we set 1.6 million is that we know enough to get vaccinated to get vaccinated. Keep us as close to the herd as possible immunity, it will only work if you are vaccinated. “
The bill was implemented in the legislature earlier this year with the aim of ending public health orders and bringing a “end” to the epidemic.Gov. Cox was critical of the bill. But he signed it because he believed the legislature had the ability to overrule him. And immediately terminate the mask order
But the governor negotiated the criteria with lawmakers. The state has a relatively high adoption rate for vaccination, although it has slowed down as it now has more supply than demand. In a recent briefing before a legislative committee, UDOH said it could be late in the summer before the state attains it. “Herd Immunity”
“They’re not where the public health needs. But it makes sense, and I think it’s a good reason to celebrate with everyone we move forward, ”UDOH executive director Rich Saunders said in an interview with FOX 13 on Tuesday.
Sanders urged Utah to take personal responsibility, warning that the epidemic was not over.
“Just because the legislature says metrics are legal now, doesn’t mean viruses obey them. Viruses are free, it will do what it will do,” he cautioned. About what they do on their own and in public, there is no refutation of good judgment. “
The bill allows local governments to issue their own cover documents temporarily. Only Grand County has done so, citing millions of tourists and a 17-bed hospital in Moab.They are unable to cope with the outbreak. But under the new law, this will now be over.
Salt Lake Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s emergency order requiring face masks has also been lifted by law. In a FOX 13 statement, the mayor said Salt Lake City remained “moderate” transmission levels for COVID-19.
“In our city, we continue to see more and fewer people vaccinated in our western neighborhoods, disproportionately affected by COVID-19 throughout the outbreak. Compliance with the metrics in the bill has ended legislative competition. As mayor, I am now banned from enforcing a specific COVID-19-related emergency order, including mask requirements, ”she wrote.“ I plan to issue an executive order requiring masks. Soon, as a city, we will continue to encourage people to wear life-saving masks, while COVID remains a real risk and danger to public health. ”
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson also urged residents to continue wearing masks.
“Covid-19 continues to pose a threat in our community. We urge Salt Lake County residents to continue to wear the veil and encourage everyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine,” she said. In a statement
But Gov. Cox said he did not believe the termination of the health directive would lead to another increase.
“We got rid of our masks for almost a month and we haven’t seen an increase in vaccinations every day, that’s what has stopped the trend,” he told FOX 13.
But Sanders said that if the tide took place, UDOH would go to the governor and the legislature to review the “endgame” law.