Utah Governor Mandates Masks and Restricts Gatherings

Mish

Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency. His order mandated masks and placed significant restriction on gatherings.

Personal Responsibility

Please note Gov. Herbert announces statewide mask mandate, social gathering limit amid COVID-19 surge.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a statewide mask mandate Sunday night as part of emergency orders directing Utahns to limit social gatherings to their own household to combat the state's current COVID-19 surge.

"We must do more, and we must do it now," he said. "This is about much more than just mandates. This is about personal responsibility."

Both orders, which go into effect Monday at 1 p.m. MT, and will remain until at least Monday, Nov. 23, represent the governor's widest measures of reform to date as Utah hit an all-time high in the spread of the virus, including new cases and hospitalization rates, in the same week.

"I ask you now, and I implore you, to do everything within your power to stop the spread of this disease. It is time for the divisiveness to end, and for all of us as Utahns to unite in making whatever sacrifice is necessary to help our neighbor and to bring healing back to our state."

Key Points

  • A statewide mask mandate for all Utahns in public, where six feet of physical distancing is not possible, which will "be extended for the foreseeable future," state officials said. 
  • The mandate is enforceable in all business settings, requiring employees to wear face coverings, promoting mask-wearing among patrons, and posted signage to the same effect. Any business that fails to do so will be subject to fines, the order says.
  • Limiting casual social gatherings to household-only through the length of the order.
  • A two-week hold on all extracurricular activities, including athletic and intramural events, with the exception of intercollegiate athletics and practices, and games and training associated with high school championships that follow instructions for testing and limited crowd sizes.
  • Mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19 by all higher-education students in public and private institutions who either live on campus or attend at least one in-person class per week, with a plan that must be established as soon as possible but no later than Jan. 1, 2021.

Final Point and a Question

Governor Herbert is a Republican in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump. 

Did he purposely hold off this announcement until after the election?

Mish

Comments (38)
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caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Just hope the Mink version doesn't turn up.
High alert in some geographies.
A whole new variant with no societal immunity.

The ease with which it has jumped fro-to-mutated-fro species is weird.

ShowMeTheData
ShowMeTheData

I am not a big conspiracy theory guy, but as a fellow Utahan, I had the exact same thought regarding the timing of the mandates. Although, with 100% ICU capacity, its hard to continue burying your head in the sand and ignoring scientists.

Tengen
Tengen

I would assume the election played a role in the timing. Probably wise for the UT governor to delay until a few days after the election. Fallout should be minimal while the rest of the country yells at each other for a few more weeks.

Jojo
Jojo

Suggest paying attention to how people wear masks. Many are poor fitting (like mine) with spaces at the side and top.

And then there are us who wear the mask below our noses. I am seeing more and more of this daily.

Further, there are some people wearing actual mesh masks.

A buddy of mine reported seeing a woman with mouth hole cut out of her mask so that she could smoke! [lol]

So let's follow along and hopefully see if there is any sort of measurable decline in UT Covid stats with the implementation of this dictate.

Sechel
Sechel

Why hasn't this be done elsewhere and earlier. This isn't high tech and it shouldn't be controversial

Doug78
Doug78

Mish, you live there now so you tell us why. I assume that you have talked to people there to get there view. Do they see it that way?

Doug78
Doug78

Spelling correction:

Mish, you live there now so you tell us why. I assume that you have talked to people there to get their views. Do they see it that way?

Doug78
Doug78

"“Things are completely out of control in Utah right now, and they’re not really doing anything about it,” Stephen Goldstein, a virologist at the University of Utah, said about government officials in his state, which has seen record infections and deaths in the past week and where hospital administrators have warned that clinicians might have to start rationing care because of the crush of patients."

That's it. Record infections and especially deaths are good reasons . Rationed care is a good one too.

DMC2018
DMC2018

They are being reactivate instead of proactive. Covid will explode after Thanksgiving.

JonSellers
JonSellers

With Trump out of the way, Republican leaders can start being responsible again. Nice to see "personal responsibility" re-enter the conservative vocabulary after 4 years of "it's the liberals fault!"

njbr
njbr

Conspiracy theories still from some?

How'd they rig filling up the hospitals after a Biden win?

I thought it was all going away after November 4.

Hey, stay away from the vaccine, ya know, it has nanites.

njbr
njbr

Re: Utah mink--they're special...

Thousands of minks at Utah fur farms have died because of the coronavirus in the past 10 days, forcing nine sites in three counties to quarantine, but the state veterinarian said people don’t appear to be at risk from the outbreak.

The COVID-19 infections likely were spread from workers at the mink ranches to the animals, with no sign so far that the animals are spreading it to humans, said Dr. Dean Taylor, the state veterinarian, who is investigating the outbreak.

“We genuinely don’t feel like there is much of a risk going from the mink to the people,” he said Thursday.

Doug78
Doug78

One week after the election which Trump loses and Pfizer announces their vaccine works. Coincidence or is Pfizer currying favor?

autrader1
autrader1

Market up big on vaccine. Looks like Mish was too pessimistic yet again.

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

Anyone commenting on the Pfizer vaccine. This is a two shot vaccine, with critical populations starting to get the first shot it in January. So they will probably protected, as much as the vaccine can, into February. For the general population it is probably a mid-2020 event. It is likely with the magnitude of the wave coming over the next several months that much of the population will be burned through anyways so it will diminish in the spring anyways. For those countries that actually controlled the virus though the vaccine will work out well for them.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

What!!?? A republican governor telling people to wear masks, lol...we really are turning the corner now that king clown is fired. See how real leadership works, too bad it is too late, covid is in perpetual motion now.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Looking at data from Nebraska, the state has no mandate, but one county, Lancaster, instituted a mandate on July 20th. A second county, Douglass, instituted one a month later, after seeing the positive results from Lancaster Country (despite threats from the Governor to sue over a mask mask mandate).

So, how are the results? In cases per million in the last two weeks:
Lancaster County - 7252 cases/million
Douglas Country - 9256
Rest of the State - 11,561

How about cumulative deaths/million?
Lancaster County - 157
Douglas Country - 433
Rest of State - 389

The case data is clearly better in the counties with mask mandates. The death data is mixed, dramatically better in the county with the longest mask mandate, but not in the other county with a mask mandate. Is compliance higher in Lancaster County? Is there some other factor at work? I can't tell you.


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