Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Utah, US, to ease COVID-19 restrictions in Salt Lake City and Sevier county Sept. 4. Restrictions elsewhere remain unchanged.

Alert Begins 03 Sep 2020 08:00 PM UTC
Alert Expires 18 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

Summary
Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued orders to ease certain restrictions in Salt Lake City and Sevier county Sept. 4, as part of the state's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Utah continues under 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 jurisdictions accordingly. The system goes from Minimal Risk (green) level to High Risk (red) level.

Under the new directives, starting Sept. 4, Salt Lake City will move from the Moderate Risk (orange) level to the Low Risk (yellow) level, while Sevier county will move from the Low Risk (yellow) level to the Minimal Risk (green) level.

Starting Sept. 4, no locality will be at either the High Risk or Moderate Risk levels. The counties under Low Risk (yellow) level will be Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Davis, Grand, Iron, Juab, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake (including Salt Lake City), San Juan, Sanpete, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, and Weber. At the Low Risk (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.

At the Minimal Risk (green) level, all businesses and activities may resume, but authorities urge residents to maintain social distancing, to wash hands regularly, and to wear protective face coverings whenever in public and social distancing is not possible. On Sept. 4, Sevier county will join Beaver, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Kane, Millard, Piute, Uintah, and Wayne counties at the Minimal Risk (green) level.

Additionally, officials have ordered the use of protective face coverings 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 face coverings in indoor locations, and in 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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