Mask Mandate

On today's Local News Hour:

( 3:32) Sean Higgins report on the Park City Planning Commission getting an in-depth look at parking and circulation plans for the proposed development of Deer Valley’s Snow Park parking lots on Wednesday.

( 6:29) Snyderville Planning Commissioner Crystal Simons has an update from Tuesday's meeting.

( 16:00) Early Childhood Expert Elliot Hapel discusses the crital issue of early childhood education and care in Summit County.He is joined by the Ex. Director of the Early Childhood Alliance Kristen Shulz.

( 33:53) Park City Police increased dump truck inspections on Marsac Avenue after a crash in July, but Police Chief Wade Carpenter says that pulls resources away from other important areas of town as Sean Higgins reports.

( 36:41) Summit County Arts Council Marketing Manager Leslie Chavez has details on this weekend's Art on the Trails.

(41:04) Ben Lasseter's story about Swiss Days  returning to Midway n full swing the first weekend of September.

(43:12) Ex. Director of Salt Lake Climbing Alliance Julia Geisler has details about the 8th annual Salt Lake Climbing Festival. 

(46:37) Debate about mask mandate update from the Summit County Council meeting Wednesday night.


Masks will not be required in schools this fall.




Utah legislators were called to Special Session earlier this week to figure out how to spend more than $1.6 billion in federal funding. Lawmakers have also introduced bills and resolutions on some of the hot-button issues concerning Utahns. 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 02:40) Governor Spencer Cox announced the removal of the statewide mask mandate in Utah schools as Jessica Lowell reports.

( 04:37) Wasatch County Council votes to become a gun sanctuary city as Carolyn Murray reports.


Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has removed the statewide mask mandate in schools for the last week of classes.


School districts have seen mounting pressure from some parents who don’t agree with the statewide mask mandate in grades K-12. But districts weren’t given the choice to mandate masks ... up until now. With cases declining throughout the state, and in schools, Cox announced Thursday local school districts can decide to enforce face coverings. 


Park City School District

During a contentious public hearing at the Park City School District’s office on Wednesday, April 20, the Park City Board of Education heard from unmasked parents who want the school district to override the state mask mandate still in place for schools through the end of the school year. 


Parents involved with the baseball program also asked the board to install artificial turf on the high school diamond.



Summit County Council Members on Wednesday decided they don’t want to extend a limited mask order, after the state’s mask mandate expires on April 10.


Despite that, a line-up of speakers in public input were still upset with county officials.   They bashed mask mandates, and the promotion of vaccines and said Covid restrictions have taken a toll on citizens over the past year.  


On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 01:09) Mask mandate addressed in last nights Summit County Council meeting as Rick Brough reports.

( 04:56) Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 22:00) Amy Hunt Chief Academic Officer of the PCSD talks about the achievement gap and how the funds coming from the American Rescue Plan will help address kids who need extra support getting caught up since COVID.


A recent survey by the Park City Chamber/Bureau found that out of 400 local businesses, almost 70% are in favor of extending mask mandates in the city and county.


The survey was conducted over the course of last week and found that 68% of local businesses believe the mask mandates in place since last summer should continue through at least May. 


Additionally, 58% of respondents said city and county governments should not follow the state when it rescinds its mask mandate on April 10th.


Utah Department of Health

Summit and Wasatch Counties Republican Sen. Ron Winterton is sponsoring a bill that would give school districts the ability to decide if face coverings are necessary.

Winterton said the basis for the bill started last summer. 

Steve Griffin | Deseret News, pool

Utah is going back to the COVID-19 transmission index after health orders from Governor Gary Herbert expired Monday.

Social gatherings will no longer be restricted to same-households only starting Tuesday. But Governor Gary Herbert did extend the mask mandate throughout the entire state.

Even though the governor lifted certain restrictions, he said health officials are still hoping to see the effect of the now expired health orders.

Wasatch County doesn’t have a local ordinance for masks, but the county’s health department is following the governor’s new health orders, which includes that all residents must wear a mask until further notice. 

Because of the new mandate and Wasatch High School moving to online learning, a group of protesters assembled in front of the Wasatch County Administration building on Monday. 

There are new rules in Utah to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Under the restrictions announced Tuesday, there can be no gatherings of more than 10 people in both Wasatch and Summit counties for the next two weeks.  And Wasatch residents have to wear masks, just like Summit County residents.


Utah will now categorize counties as high, moderate or low risk for COVID-19, which replaces the old color-coded guide, with red being high-risk and green being low-risk.


The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has not had any COVID-19 cases in their jail system. But Sheriff Justin Martinez said the department has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Martinez said they have a large staff, with over 100 employees, and when someone tests positive for COVID-19, it creates a big strain on the department.