Outgoing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he would reissue a statewide facade mandate that is scheduled to expire, but a statewide ban on inter-domestic celebrations will not be re-issued a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday.
In response to an increase in Kovid-19 rates in Utah, under a state of emergency announced on November 9, Herbert issued a mask mandate and a ban on inter-domestic ceremonies that lasted two weeks.
In preparation for its termination on 23 November, Herbert said the next iteration of the announcement would drop the one-house assembly rule.
“What you do in our own house is going to be up to you, but we are also making strong recommendations on how to behave in a safe environment,” Herbert said Thursday at his monthly news conference.
“I know we are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day celebration,” Herbert said.
“From the point of view of the governor and from the state of Utah, we want you to have a happy holiday season,” Herbert said, “but we want you to have a safe holiday season.”
Herbert said that Utah will release “what you must do to reduce the risk to yourself and your family to spread the Kovid-19 virus.”
Herbert said, “To make the safest holiday possible, you really should only gather with your own family members, members of your household.”
Herbert said the more people are at risk of a holiday event. The more guests there are outside the state, the city or the home, Herbert said, the riskier holiday program.
“What you really need is that people wear masks and social distances,” Herbert said. “Keep it short.”
The state has encouraged the Utabs to read publicly about how to safely host a holiday gathering and publish advertisements to encourage the use of masks during Thanksgiving dinner.
A spokesperson for Herbert did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment on the alleged reasons for the change.
This week in Utah, one in five coronovirus tests have returned positive, according to the state Kovid-19 data dashboard.
Utah’s move to ease restrictions on inter-domestic ceremonies comes on the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a blunt warning: Don’t travel for a Thanksgiving holiday.