Brother Of Jerry
Date: August 21, 2021 12:54PM
I wonder how many heads are exploding in Utah County now.
In related news, the Utah legislature passed a law forbidding state government bodies from passing mask mandates, and allowing them to overturn mandates issued by public health officials.
SL County Public Health Director issued a mask mandate for K-6 a couple weeks ago because nobody in that age group is eligible to be vaccinated. Last week, the SL County Council voted down the mandate.
Yesterday, SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall basically said "hold my beer", and instituted a mask mandate for all schools operating in city limits. I assume this flies in the face of the state law, and that she either thinks the courts will back her up, or by the time this gets through the courts, the current surge will have subsided and masks will be a moot point.
The mask mandate at BYU did come as a bit of a surprise to me. They are not part of state government (at least in theory) so the legislative ban does not apply to them, but the people covered by the mandate are all eligible to be vaccinated. The BYU ban is inclusive, regardless of vaccination status.