Logan High students in masks

Students arrive for the first day of class at Logan High School on August 19, 2020.

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As the ongoing requirement for masks in Utah schools has become a flashpoint among some conservatives in the state, Gov. Spencer Cox is promising that face coverings will not be required in schools next year.

“There will be no masks in the fall,” he declared during a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday evening. “We will be done with that.”

Cox said that announcement, which comes after months of demands from some parents to end the mask mandate, has been welcomed by teachers and students across the state, as well as by his own kids.

Most statewide public health rules around COVID-19 were lifted earlier this month as the goals defined by state lawmakers for the pandemic in Utah were reached. But the Utah Department of Health quickly issued a new public health order, as state law allowed, to continue requiring face masks in schools.

The new requirements expire on the last day of the school year, or June 15, whichever comes first.

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