Severity: Warning Alert
Transportation: Officials in Utah, US, have extended COVID-19-related restrictions through July 24. Some counties and cities require the use of face masks.
- Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 07:27 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Utah (map)
- Date: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions likely
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has extended all restrictions that have been in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least July 24. State authorities continue to implement a four-tier recovery plan, with restrictions varying by county, depending on COVID-19 activity within each jurisdiction.
As of July 14, there are 10 counties in the new normal (green) level, which represents the highest level of normalization; 19 counties in the low-risk (yellow) level; and Salt Lake City remains as the only locality on moderate-risk (orange) level. No area of the state is at the high-risk (red) level.
At the new normal (green) level, all businesses and activities may resume, but authorities urge residents to maintain social distancing, to wash hands regularly, and to use face-coverings whenever in public and when social distancing is not possible. As of July 14, the following counties are at the normal level:
- Beaver, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Kane, Millard, Piute, Uintah, and Wayne.
At the low-risk (yellow) level, authorities permit gatherings of up to 50 people. Close-contact sports can resume, however, with a symptom check for participants. Officials allow all businesses to operate as long as they follow certain guidelines: enhanced sanitation procedures, ensure a distance of at least 1.8 meters (six feet) between customers and employees, encourage employees to work from home, limit face-to-face interactions, limit travel, screen workers for symptoms, and ensure workers use face coverings, especially when they are unable to maintain proper social distancing. As of July 14, the following counties are at the low-risk level:
- Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Davis, Grand, Iron, Juab, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake (except Salt Lake City), San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, and Weber.
Salt Lake City is the only locality that remains on the moderate-risk (orange) level. Gatherings of more than 20 people, as well as close-contact team sports, are banned. Restaurants are allowed to open for limited dine-in services, while retail stores may operate, provided they limit the number of persons inside such establishments at any given time. Employees and customers must wear protective masks. Hotels and lodging establishments, entertainment venues, daycare centers, construction companies, places of worship, and personal care businesses may also operate. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, maintain social distancing measures, and ensure workers have the necessary protective equipment.
Additionally, officials have ordered the use of face masks in all state facilities, and in schools when the academic year starts. Local officials in Salt Lake City, the city of Springdale, and Summit and Grand counties, have also ordered residents and visitors to wear face masks in indoor locations, and in outdoor settings whenever social distancing is not possible.
Business and transport disruptions are likely. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.
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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.