SALT LAKE CITY — Regardless of the expiration of the statewide masks mandate, April tenth is not going to be the tip of carrying masks in Utah.
On Friday, Salt Lake Metropolis Mayor Erin Mendenhall joined a number of companies to announce that masks carrying will probably be required in lots of institutions, even after the mandate goes away.
The companies included Harmon’s, Publik Espresso, Santo Taco and Break Bread Barber Co.
It is nonetheless undecided if Salt Lake Metropolis or Salt Lake County will enact a masks mandate after April 10, however these companies are transferring ahead with their very own necessities.
Even from the skin, Santo Taco in Rose Park offers off enjoyable, colourful and energetic vibes.
Brilliant turquoise phrases on the home windows welcome prospects in, with rows of papel picado banners hanging inside overhead.
These days, eating places like Santo Taco have been scorching with information that the vaccine rollout goes full steam forward for everybody 16 and older.
“I used to be simply seeing that! That is superior,” cook dinner Carmelo Briones stated of the truth that meals service staff can quickly get the vaccine.
A few of the 17-year previous’s co-workers are already vaccinated, however he hasn’t been in a position to get his shot.
“A few of us should not vaccine, and we’d like the masks,” he stated. “I’ve by no means taken my masks off at work. It is not my factor.”
Whereas Briones plans to make a vaccination appointment as quickly as he can, he is aware of he will not be absolutely vaccinated earlier than April 10.
Due to that, the statewide masks mandate lifting on that day is worrisome for the proprietor of Santo Taco, Alfonso Brito.
Talking at a press convention Friday, Brito stated half of his staff nonetheless aren’t vaccinated.
Whereas supporting native companies is vital, he stated, so is security of the neighborhood.
“We assist the usage of masks till all of us get the state vaccinated,” Brito stated.
Mark Jensen, the president and CEO of Harmon’s, informed the gang on the press convention that 80 p.c of their associates haven’t been vaccinated.
“We consider, although, it may take about one other eight weeks to get all of our associates absolutely vaccinated so that they are protected,” Jensen stated.
A masks is a small value to pay to have a enterprise open, he stated.
Missy Greis, the proprietor of Publik Espresso, spoke subsequent, saying that solely 10 staff will probably be absolutely vaccinated by April 10. They’ll proceed to follow present protocol and security tips, she defined.
Mayor Erin Mendenhall stated that it is information over dates.
“We nonetheless must train warning,” Mendenhall stated. “Regardless that our COVID-19 numbers have dropped and are persevering with to drop considerably over the previous few months, masks carrying remains to be important. We’re not carried out.”
She’s unsure but if they will enact a city-wide masks mandate after April 10. Mendenhall stated they’re nonetheless trying a three-week lead as much as the choice level. For April 10, meaning subsequent week they will begin trying on the information.
They hope to see a decline in circumstances, she stated. They will additionally take a look at vaccination numbers, particularly in areas of town hardest hit by COVID-19.
Salt Lake County additionally informed FOX 13 it is too early to resolve on a county-wide mandate.
Nicholas Rupp with the Salt Lake County Well being Division stated Friday the State of Utah is vaccinating 30,000 folks a day, with the potential to vaccinate greater than half one million folks between now and April 10.
“So in early April, we are going to consider vaccination charges, case charges, hospitalizations, and different metrics to find out what motion could also be crucial to guard public well being in Salt Lake County,” he wrote.
That stated, Rupp added that they nonetheless advocate masks post-vaccination. He stated masks will probably be important till we obtain herd immunity and youngsters may be vaccinated.
Subsequent door to Santo Taco, Break Bread Barber Firm proprietor Ricky Arriola stated they’re joyful to see the progress Utah has made through the pandemic. He stated they may proceed to do their half, by ensuring all employees and purchasers are absolutely masked within the store.
“We won’t do that alone,” he stated. “It takes everyone in the neighborhood.”