Who does the order apply to?
All individuals currently living within or visiting Summit County, Utah, are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection.
- Do children have to wear face coverings?
Children 2 years or under are not required to wear face coverings.
How long is the order in effect?
The face covering requirement went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 7, 2022, and expires at 5 p.m. on February 21, 2022, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing.
Why did the County implement the face covering order?
On January 6, 2022 Summit County saw approximately 250 cases of COVID-19, and statewide over 9,000 cases were reported.
Increased COVID-19 transmissions are expected for the next 30 to 45 days with the Omicron variant. This risks stable continuation of essential services for all living in or visiting Summit County.
Furthermore, according to the Utah Department of Health, as of January 4, 2022, 86.4% of all ICU beds within the State of Utah were occupied. When 85% capacity is reached, Utah will be
functionally out of staffed ICU beds, indicating an overwhelmed hospital system.
Finally, Summit County continues to see an unprecedented demand for testing, which places additional strain on County resources.
What legal authorities allow for the Order?