SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is declaring a state of emergency and ordering a statewide mask mandate in an attempt to stem a surge in coronavirus patient hospitalizations.
The Republican governor's new set of rules also calls for a two-week pause on extracurricular activities including athletic events, with the exception of high school championship games and Intercollegiate athletic events as long as testing and social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
Herbert also ordered a limit on "casual social gatherings" to household members only. Utah has been setting records for daily cases and hospitalizations on a regular basis.