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The Salt Lake Chamber, along with the signatories below, has issued the following statement calling upon state leaders to update health guidelines to combat the coronavirus to include the requirement to wear a face mask in public places when social distancing is not feasible:

"As business and community leaders, we express our heightened concern over increasing COVID-19 infection rates and decreasing hospital treatment capacity. We are equally concerned with the potential impacts to the state’s emerging economic recovery. Public health and economic health are inseparably connected, not competing alternatives, and both are required to sustain healthy and economically viable families, businesses and communities.

"We recognize the business community has a role in achieving this balance between the health and economic imperatives. To that end, the Salt Lake Chamber, along with local chambers and industry associations, launched the statewide Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign to promote the wearing of face masks in business environments, as well as to support businesses in following the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Utah Department of Health.

"We believe in particular circumstances that private sector efforts must be coupled with reasonable government regulation, especially for the purpose of protecting personal health and the rights of others. We see this every day in commerce such as not smoking in restaurants, using seatbelts in cars, and wearing hardhats in construction areas. And it is in that spirit that we call upon state leaders to update health guidelines for the yellow, orange and red risk levels, to include the requirement to wear a mask in public places when social distancing is not feasible.

"The Salt Lake Chamber and corporate signatories also support the #MaskUpUtah public awareness campaign through the Utah Hospital Association as an important way to communicate to the public at large the purpose of wearing a face mask. Fewer messages are more important at this time than that wearing a mask is about respect and caring for others.

"Additionally, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has received funding from the state legislature for a consumer confidence campaign. We believe a key element of this campaign should include consumer health and safety best practices. We are hopeful these campaigns directed at business, consumers and the public will make a difference in protecting the public and the economy.

 

"Seldom in business or in life is the most effective solution also the easiest, but in the fight against the coronavirus that is exactly what wearing a mask means for the health and well-being of lives and livelihoods. We are concerned that without taking this step now, damage will be done to individual health and community economic well-being in the near future, serious consequences that our families, communities and the state cannot afford. To move forward safely, our businesses would rather comply with the requirement to wear face masks appropriately than to have to close our doors."

SIGNATORIES

Arrow Moving & Storage

Ascension St Matthews Church

Big Shot Photo Group

BioUtah

Brigham City Museums

Cash Man Services, LC

CBRE

CCMC

CenturyLink

Christy Sports, LLC. & Leisure Living, DBA

City Creek Center - Taubman

Clever Octopus Inc

Clyde Companies

Colliers International

Comagine Health

Cooper Williams LLC

CRSA

Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events

Daw Construction Group

Daybreak Communities

Deseret Management Corporation

Dominion Energy

Downtown Alliance

Draper Area Chamber of Commerce

Durham Jones & Pinegar, PC

EDCUtah

Epicenter

Exodus Healthcare Network, PLLC

Ferro Investments

Ford Audio-Video Systems, Inc.

Gaddis Investments

General Distributing Company

Global Access

Gold Cross Ambulance

Goldman Sachs

Gourmandise Group

GSBS Consulting

GTS Development, LLC

Hale Centre Theatre

Hale Center Foundation for the Arts & Education | Hale Center Theater Orem

Hand Candy Tattoo

Harmons Grocery

Harris Financial

Hearth and Hill

Imagine Ballet Theatre

Impact Utah

Industrious

Intermountain Healthcare

Intrepid 

Ivory Homes

JAN-PRO of Utah

Jazz at the Station

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Landmark Testing & Engineering

Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

LD Bowerman Investments LLC

Local First Utah

Lowe Property Group 

LUX Catering and Events

Mark Miller Toyota

MarketShare, Inc

Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Modern Display Service, Inc.

Mortenson

Music Theatre West

Natural History Museum of Utah

NEXT Ensemble

Nightingale College

Paper Wasp Llc

Penna Powers

PepsiCo

Plan-B Theatre Company

Preservation Utah

Psychofire

Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper

Rocky Mountain Power

Rowland Hall

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake Chamber

Salt Lake City Corp.

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake Film Society

Salt Lake Magazine

Seal Coat Supply, Inc.

Smith's Food & Drug 

South Valley Chamber

Squire & Company, PC

St. George Area Chamber of Commerce

St. George Children’s Museum 

Staker Parson Materials and Construction a CRH Company

Steward Healthcare

Sundance Institute

Swire Coca-Cola USA

Team Nash

Thanksgiving Point Institute, Inc.

The Children's Center

The Old House at Center and Main

The Work Activity Center

Titan Specialized Services, Inc

Torrey House Press

Tracy Aviary

United Way of Salt Lake

University of Utah

University of Utah Health Plans

University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics

Utah AFL-CIO

Utah Association of CPAs

Utah Beverage Association

Utah Clean Energy

Utah Cultural Alliance

Utah Food Industry Association

Utah Hospital Association

Utah Independent Agents (UIA)

Utah League of Cities and Towns 

Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Utah Medical Association

Utah Nonprofits Association

Utah Rail Passengers Association

Utah Retail Merchants Association

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah System of Higher Education

Utah Tourism Industry Association

Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce

Vidal Consulting Group LLC.

Visit Salt Lake

Waterstone Financial Services

WCF Insurance

Western Nut Company

Westminster College

Willis Works Studio

Women's Leadership Institute

Woodbury Corporation

World Trade Center Utah

WSP USA

YWCA UTAH

Zions Bank