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New statewide mask mandate

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Salt Lake City, Utah — According to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, almost all Utahns should be wearing masks when in indoor public cases.

The guidance came from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

“In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the delta variant and protect others,” Walensky told reporters in a conference call.

Utah’s four least populated counties, Daggett, Piute, Rich, and Wayne have low transmission and Sevier County has moderate transmission.

Those counties combined have less than one percent of the state’s population, the rest of Utah is in Substantial and High transmission.

Walensky was most specific in recommending mask-wearing in K-12 schools. Such a requirement is now illegal in Utah following a law passed by Utah’s legislature and signed by Governor Spencer Cox.

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