Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Utah, US, amend some local restrictions as of Sept. 11 due to a decrease in COVID-19 activity.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 04:34 PM UTC
Alert Expires 25 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Utah (map)
  • Date: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely

Summary
As of Sept. 11, authorities in Utah have amended restrictions in certain counties as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Utah continues to implement its economic recovery plan, using a four-tier color-coded system for assessing and tracking disease activity at the county level and applying restrictions to each jurisdiction accordingly. The system goes from Minimal Restriction (green) level to High Restriction (red) level. As of Sept. 11, no county is at the High Restriction or Moderate Restriction level.

At the Low Restriction (yellow) level, authorities permit gatherings of up to 50 people. Close-contact sports can resume; however, participants must be checked for symptoms. Officials allow all businesses to operate as long as they comply with certain directives aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, including the use of enhanced sanitation procedures, enforcing social distancing guidelines, encouraging employees to work from home, and requiring the use of personal protective equipment, among other measures. As of Sept. 11, the counties under Low Restriction (yellow) level will be Cache, Davis, Grand, Iron, Juab, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake (including Salt Lake City), San Juan, Sanpete, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, and Weber.

At the Minimal Restriction (green) level, all businesses and activities may resume, but authorities urge residents to maintain social distancing, wash hands regularly, and wear facemasks whenever in public and social distancing is not possible. As of Sept. 11, Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Kane, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Uintah, and Wayne counties are at the Minimal Restriction (green) level.

Additionally, officials have ordered the use of facemasks in all state facilities, as well as in schools. Local officials in Grand, Salt Lake, and Summit counties, as well as in the cities of Logan, Provo, and Springdale, have ordered residents and visitors to wear facemasks in indoor locations and outdoor settings whenever social distancing is not possible.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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