SALT LAKE CITY – Bills to end COVID-19 health restrictions and limit the powers of a public health body are advancing in the Utah State Legislature.
The House Government Operations Committee voted 7-3 to pass Bill 294, which has been described as the “endgame” of COVID-19 by its sponsor, Representative Paul Ray. The bill would lift restrictions such as the mask warrant and physical distancing once Utah hits a threshold for vaccines and hospitalizations.
“It ends immediately, once we tick those boxes,” said Rep. Ray, R-Clearfield on Monday.
FOX 13 reported on the bill for the first time on Friday. It was the subject of weekend negotiations between the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Spencer Cox’s office and the legislature. The latest version would lift restrictions once Utah reaches 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine allocated; an average rate of 101 people per 100,000 positive cases, and an intensive care unit …
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