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UTA to require all riders, employees to wear face masks

By Graham Dudley, | Posted - Jun. 27, 2020 at 12:25 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — On Saturday, masks or face coverings became mandatory on Utah Transit Authority vehicles in Salt Lake and Summit counties due to the new order requiring masks in public.

The public transportation entity announced Saturday it will expand that requirement to all UTA vehicles statewide beginning this Wednesday, July 1.

In a news release, UTA said the move is in response to "the increased surge of COVID-19 cases in Utah" and will be in effect "until further notice."

UTA will provide masks for customers that need one; masks are available at UTA's customer service locations and "will soon be available on transit vehicles," it said.

"The requirement of face coverings for riders and employees ensures UTA can continue to serve the community in the safest way possible," the agency wrote. "UTA shares the same goal as the state in reducing the spread of COVID-19 to keep the Utah economy strong and moving toward recovery."

The move comes as both Salt Lake and Summit counties have mandated masks in public spaces.

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