Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Utah, US, tighten some local restrictions on Sept. 25 due to an increase in coronavirus disease activity.

Alert Begins 25 Sep 2020 04:43 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

Summary
As of Sept. 25, authorities in Utah have tightened restrictions in certain cities 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. 25, Provo City and Orem City, both in Utah county, have been moved to the Moderate Restriction level. No county is at currently under the High Restriction level.

At the Moderate Restriction level, gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed. Gyms and fitness centers are recommended to remain closed, however, if they chose to remain open they must follow strict hygiene and social distancing procedures. Personal care services and retail shops may remain open with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Restaurants are encouraged to ask customers to order take-out but may continue dine-in service with extreme precautions in place.

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. 25, the counties under Low Restriction (yellow) level will be Cache, Davis, Grand, Iron, Juab, Morgan, 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. 25, Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Kane, Millard, Piute, Rich, 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. As of Sept. 25, Utah county has also implemented a mask requirement.

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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