Statewide mask mandates help businesses stay alive, Utah study finds

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SALT LAKE CITY — A recent University of Utah study has concluded statewide mask mandates in fact do more to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help businesses — more so than fragmented county mask mandates.

“State mask mandates are the key to this, whereas county mandates do not have near as much effect,” Dean Taylor Randall said during Gov. Gary Herbert’s COVID-19 press conference on Monday, when he highlighted the key findings of the study.

Researchers for the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah studied mask orders across the country, including all 3,142 U.S. counties.

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