With the passage of HB 294, Utah’s statewide mask mandate will end April 10, 2021. While not fully supported by Governor Cox, he will likely sign it as the bill passed with a veto-proof majority. Masks will still be mandated for gatherings of 50 or more and County governments can still impose their own mandates.
Other restrictions can be loosened once Utah hits 1.63 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the 14-day case rate is less than 191 per 100,000 and Utah’s ICU hospitalization rate is less than 15% on a seven-day average.
The bill also keeps the mask mandate in place for K-12 schools, leaving it to the Utah Department of Health to decide when and how the mask mandate will change in those settings.
Businesses can still require patrons to wear masks, and the governor has actually encouraged them to do so to keep their employees and customers safe.
Under the legislation, all public health orders will terminate on July 1 regardless of whether public health benchmarks are reached.