The Utah County, Utah Commission meeting was to hear concerns from parents over Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to require masks in all K-12 schools in the fall. The meeting about face masks in schools was derailed on Wednesday night when dozens of county residents, not wearing masks filled up the room.
At the Utah County Commission’s Wednesday meeting, guests packed in, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, with very few people wearing masks.
“This is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing,” Tanner Ainge, the commission’s chair said as he saw the crowd. “We are supposed to be physically distancing, wearing masks. This room is not complying with those health guidelines.”
Ainge was met with boos from the crowd as he adjourned the meeting less than 10 minutes after it began. The county posted a video of the brief meeting on YouTube. Ainge walked out of the meeting after it was adjourned, but two board members remained in the room to hear from parents.
Before the meeting, Ainge voiced support for having masks in school. “For those who have serious health concerns or desire to stay home, keep their business closed, and home-school their children, they have that right,” Ainge said. “For the rest of us who want to keep our economy moving, our people employed and our kids in the classroom, all we ask at the moment is that we wear a mask, wash our hands, and physically distance when possible.”
It was evident, due to the lack of people wearing masks, the majority of the people (mostly parents) were against having their children be required to wear masks to school.
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