Utah County sheriff takes stand against mask mandate

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SPANISH FORK — As leaders across Utah County struggle with how to respond to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the sheriff is weighing in, calling a mask mandate the wrong approach.

“This is a health issue, a community issue, and should be addressed as such,” Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith said. “It should not be criminalized.”

From the start of the pandemic, local and state leaders have wrestled with the best approach to COVID-19. Governor Gary Herbert has mandated masks in state buildings and public schools, but over the last few months he has largely left any further action in the hands of local leaders.

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