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    With governor’s blessing, Grand County will require masks

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    The Grand County Council voted 5-2 to request Utah Governor Gary Herbert allow Grand County to require that people wear masks in certain contexts in the county.

    What specifically such an order would entail is currently undecided since the governor must first provide the county leeway to make such a mandate. The governor last week allowed Salt Lake County and Summit County to pass their own mask mandates.

    If Grand’s mandate is similar to those counties’ mask requirements, it would mean that people must wear masks inside local businesses and when attending community events. Exceptions could be made for particularly young people and for restaurant-goers once they are seated.

    Grand County residents who reached out to the council in advance of the discussion said overwhelmingly that they wanted such a mandate. According to Mary McGann, chair of the council, the county received 47 comments in favor of a mandate and 17 against.

    Read this week’s edition of The Times-Independent for more coverage of this story.

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