SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health has set a release date for when parts of the state can remove the required face coverings.
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In an interview with FOX 13, UDOH Executive Director Rich Saunders said that eight weeks after Utah reaches 1.6 million primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine allotted, counties in the low transmission rate may lift the mandates of the masks. Right now, Utah is at approximately 444,000 primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“There is an epidemiological endpoint that they are not new cases for 28 consecutive days and then there has to be a more practical final vision that we will get to much earlier, where we can make some serious adjustments,” he said.
The latest public health order issued by Saunders Monday night reflects the change of address. It also modifies some physical distancing requirements for counties at the moderate transmission level.
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But Saunders cautioned that those things could change again.
“So yeah, we are trying to forge that definition and that description now,” he said. “What we have described today is not what it will look like in a month or two, we are beginning to forge that vision now.”
The latest public health order also modifies some of the restrictions for COVID-19 in schools and businesses. For K-12 schools, assessment will now be required of all high school students who participate in a school-sponsored extracurricular activity, such as a dance. Students will also be offered the COVID test in schools.
Bars in the moderate transmission index no longer have to limit occupancy to 75%, as long as they can ensure that customers wear masks within 6 feet of another party. Also in moderate broadcast, movie theaters, sporting events, wedding venues and other entertainment can now have seats next to each other if all customers wearing masks can attest to not having any COVID-19 symptoms and are not subject to quarantine. The masks can be removed to eat or drink, but in that case a physical distance of 6 feet is required.
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