With the number of COVID-19 cases rising within the state of Utah, the city of Springdale has announced that face coverings are now required within the town in retail and commercial establishments, at community gatherings and at restaurants while waiting to be seated and to be served.

The new face mask mandate comes after approval from Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, the Utah Department of Health and after recommendations from the local Health Department. The mandate will go into effect on Friday, July 3rd, 2020.

Springdale, which is commonly referred to the Gateway to Zion, constantly has visitors from various parts of the United States as well from around the globe. In addition to the new regulation, social distancing measures have been put into effect to help limit potential spread of COVID-19.

With the recent increase in visitation from people from outside of the area, the Springdale City council hopes that the new regulation helps reinforce the communities commitment to help keep those who are visiting as well as their residents safe.