The Mask Debate Continues Throughout Utah and the United States

S. F. Mori

John Stockton had tickets suspended in Oregon
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It is no secret that there are many people in Utah and throughout various parts of the United States who are against the mask mandates. Some say that the masks are okay, but they don't like to be told that they have to be worn. Others are against wearing masks even though they are recommended by health care professionals and government officials.

With the COVID pandemic still here and with the omicron variant now a bigger threat, many stores and businesses have signs on their doors telling people that they must wear a mask to enter the building. Most people comply. If they do not, they may be asked to wear a mask or may be given a mask. Sometimes people who are not wearing a mask are not approached. They go about their business and shop without incident.

People who are attending the Utah JAZZ NBA games are required to show a vaccination certificate showing that they have been vaccinated. Many wear masks, but all fans are not required to do so. [This was from a game in December 2021.]

The University of Utah basketball games at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University campus restrict items which can be taken into the building. People are required to have clear bags, and small purses may be searched. There is no requirement for wearing masks. Some fans wear them, and many do not. [This was from a game in January 2022.]

A news item reported by various news sources is about Gonzaga University suspending John Stockton's men's basketball season tickets because he did not follow the mask mandate at Gonzaga. Stockton, who attended Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington, and is a legendary player with the Utah JAZZ team, apparently refused to wear a mask.

Gonzaga has a COVID-19 policy that those who attend games must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the game. They also require all those attending the games to wear masks at all times.

Even though there have been mask mandates in Salt Lake City, the mask debate continues. Basketball games have not been requiring everyone to wear a mask. Changes may be made.


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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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