Face coverings now required in communities outside Zion, Arches national parks

Zion National Park, Utah. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SPRINGDALE, GRAND COUNTY, Utah, July 2, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Springdale Town Council announced Thursday that face coverings are now required within the town in retail and commercial establishments, restaurants while waiting to be seated and served, and at community gatherings

The same mandate has been approved for communities in Grand County, home to Arches National Park.

The requirement will go into effect July 3, with approval from Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah Department of Health and recommendation form the Southwest Utah Public Health Department.

A news release from the City of Springdale said: “Studies have shown the effectiveness of face coverings in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and this approval will positively affect the community’s ability to keep businesses staffed and open. As the gateway community to Zion National Park, Springdale has seen a large increase in visitation from people outside the area. The face covering requirement reinforces the community’s commitment to public health and safety for both residents and visitors.”

Social distancing measures will also be strongly promoted as a means to limit exposure, the news release said.

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