Utah dropped its coronavirus restrictions on resident gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving this week, though officials still recommend against them.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) announced Monday that the state was removing the two-week-old mandate against casual social gatherings of those from different households, instead making it a recommendation. The restrictions on gatherings were set to expire Monday.
But state officials encouraged Utah residents to keep their holiday gatherings small to avoid the risk of spreading the virus.
“You increase the risk when you bring people into your home that are from outside the four walls of your house,” Herbert said during the briefing. “That’s just the harsh reality.”
State officials will extend the statewide mask order, requiring face coverings in indoor public places and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible, the governor said.
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