The governor of Utah and his public health advisers would lose some of their power to issue long-lasting emergency orders on their own in a new proposal, written after months of debate over the actions of the executive during the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet the legislation does not go far enough to satisfy some of those who are upset with mask warrants and other security restrictions enacted during the COVID-19 era. And it has also raised concerns among public health officials who have said medical experts must remain in the driver’s seat during a health crisis.
“Here in Utah, we have shown in many ways how a balanced response could slow the spread, save lives and livelihoods,” said Alysia Ducuara, president of the Society for Public Health Educators of Utah . . “Public health decisions should not be left to non-public health decisions…
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