Utah County commissioner criticizes ‘rammed-through process’ of mask mandate

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After nearly two hours of public comment from residents opposed to the countywide mask mandate, the Utah County Commission voted 2-1 on Wednesday to ratify the mandate that was issued last week by the Utah County Health Department.

In the late evening of Sept. 22, Utah County Health Department Executive Director Ralph Clegg and Utah County Commissioners Tanner Ainge and Nathan Ivie signed a public health order requiring that “each individual within Utah County must wear a face covering in public areas, including any indoor and outdoor space open to the public, where consistent physical distancing of at least 6 feet from any other individual who does not dwell in the same household is not possible, reasonable or prudent.”

The order includes a number of exemptions, including for young children, and individuals with medical conditions that prevent the wearing of a face covering.

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