Today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced ‘A Mask for Every Utahn,’ a public-private partnership to provide a free face mask to Utahns who don’t have one. Masks, along with social distancing, will play an important role as more people return to work and everyday activities, and we all work to reactivate the Utah economy.
The state of Utah, through an arrangement with the Utah Manufacturers Association and Cotopaxi, purchased two million face masks to help protect the health of Utahns during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s order for masks helped employ over 200 Utahns by keeping local manufacturers open. The federal CARES Act provided funding for the masks.
“We want to do everything we can as we work together as a state to combat COVID-19,” said Gov. Herbert. “Wearing a mask when we are out in public may not be convenient, but it can help slow the spread of the virus. Let’s all do our part in stopping the spread and helping to protect those around us.”
Masks were ordered by the state and will be mailed free of charge to Utahns because not all residents have the ability to buy or make a mask of their own. Wearing a mask in public will be the new norm, at least until we have a vaccine for COVID-19, to help protect health and foster economic recovery.
Any Utahn can request a mask at coronavirus.utah.gov/mask.
Masks will also be distributed to first responders through the state’s emergency management offices. Due to expected significant demand, residents should not take or request masks if they already have access to one, and should not collect multiple masks for future use or to give or sell to others.
Critical businesses should ask employees who still need masks to order them at coronavirus.utah.gov/mask. If the workers select the option of identifying themselves as working in an essential industry, they’ll be designated for first-batch delivery.
In the coming weeks, masks will also be available to underserved populations through nonprofits, especially those that operate food service programs, and at grocery and convenience stores willing to distribute them. Nonprofits and stores interested in partnering with the state should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.