A group of Utah County residents opposed to the countywide mask mandate are moving forward with a citizen referendum after county officials confirmed the mandate was subject to the referendum process.
The mandate, which requires that masks be worn in all indoor and outdoor public areas where social distancing is not possible, was issued on Sept. 22 after Gov. Gary Herbert pushed Provo and Orem back to “orange” restriction levels following a surge of positive COVID-19 cases in Utah County. The governor also warned that the entire county may move back to orange if local officials didn’t take immediate action.
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