Masks in Schools
Governor Gary Herbert (July 9, 2020)-Face masks are mandatory in all schools in Utah.
Governor Gary Herbert (June 27, 2020)-Salt Lake and Summit Counties have instituted an order for mandatory mask wearing after having their request for the order approved by the governor. All state run facilities are requiring employees wear masks while in the office.
Moderate Risk to Low Risk
Governor Gary Herbert (May 14, 2020)-Utah is moving from the Moderate Risk Phase to the Low Risk Phase of the states Utah Leads Together COVID-19 recovery plan. The transition starts May 16, 2020. Grand County, Wasatch County Summit County, Salt Lake City, West Valley City will remain in the Moderate Risk Phase.
High Risk to Moderate Risk
Governor Gary Herbert (April 28, 2020)-Utah will move from High Risk to Moderate Risk with a soft opening of businesses beginning May 1. Gyms, restaurants and hair salons may open May 1 if guests stay six feet apart. People can meet in groups of 20 or less. People can order a free face mask online here. Limit of six masks per family,
State Parks Reopen
Governor Gary Herbert (April 17, 2020)-All state parks are open for local and out of state visitors.
School Dismissal Extended
Governor Gary Herbert (April 14, 2020)-The statewide school dismissal has been extended through the remainder of the school year.
Governor Gary Herbert (April 8, 2020)-Effective April 10, 2020, everyone entering Utah through the Salt Lake City airport and all motorists entering Utah will be given a survey that asks them to declare recent travel and to note if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Governor Gary Herbert (April 1, 2020)-Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert updated the states COVID-19 orders to the following:
- It is now an executive order that Utah State Parks can only admit local county residents.
- Until May 15, a tenant may defer a rental payment.
- Until May 15, a landlord cannot initiate eviction proceedings.
- A person in the same household or residence of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, beginning on the date the member of the household or residence tests positive for COVID-19, will need to go into isolation or quarantine.
- Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 and any individual who is exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must go into self isolation or quarantine.
- People can now enter a food establishment to make an order if appropriate social distancing and strict hygiene and sanitation rules are in place.
- Students do not need to retake their current grade next year.
Stay Safe Stay Home
Governor Gary Herbert (March 26, 2020)-The governors office issues a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive. This is not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. This directive seeks to make clear what individuals and businesses should do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state and communities.
Goals of the directive are to flatten the curve, reduce the strain on hospitals and the healthcare system, and minimize the impact on medical resources for those with highest need.
Utahns are expected to stay home whenever possible. The directive includes specific instructions for all individuals, high-risk individuals (60 years and older and those with serious underlying medical conditions), and children. The directives regarding hygiene, gatherings, travel, and outdoor recreation are effective immediately.
Businesses that remain open are reminded to comply with all public health orders, offer telework options wherever possible, continue following strict hygiene policies, and implement enhanced social distancing measures in the workplace where telework is not an option.
View the full directive here.
Nine month economic plan (March 24, 2020)
Health and Economic Recovery Plan
Governor Gary Herbert (March 23, 2020)-Public schools ages k-12 will remain dismissed until May 1, 2020. Utah’s technical schools will suspend teaching from March 30, 2020 to May 1, 2020.
Governor Gary Herbert (March 18, 2020)-The State of Utah issued an order to all restaurants, bars, and food service establishments to suspend dine-in operations for two weeks.
Restaurants can continue curbside, drive-thru, pick up, and delivery options. The order is intended to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in public spaces. This is effective on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m.
In accordance with recommendations President Trump made on Monday, March 16, the order also prohibits gatherings of more than ten people.
Individuals over 60, or who are immunocompromised, should avoid contact with others.
Governor Gary Herbert (March 13, 2020)-Due to ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, schools statewide are closed for two weeks starting on March 16, 2020. School districts should be reaching out to parents of students to provide them with more information. Some classes may be held online and other services like the lunch program may continue. For more information, please refer to the school district.
Governor Gary Herbert (March 12, 2020)-These proactive measures to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Utah communities are effective for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. At that time, the Utah Coronavirus Task Force will re-evaluate these recommendations to determine the most appropriate actions we need to take as a state to keep Utahns healthy.
Limit mass gatherings of more than 100 people if everyone in the group is healthy, including church.
This includes gatherings such as church and religious services, concerts, conferences, and other events or places where large numbers of people gather together. This recommendation does not currently apply to public K-12 grade schools. We ask that local school districts and schools with closely with their local health officers on a case-by-case basis to determine if or when it is appropriate to close schools.
If you are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions that put you at an increased risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend any mass gatherings. Stay home if you are sick. We ask employers for leniency and tolerance for employees who are sick and need to stay home to help prevent the spread of this disease.
If you are older than the age of 60 or are immunocompromised, you should limit your participation in groups of more than 20 at a time.
Anyone who is immunocompromised or who has underlying medical conditions which puts them at an increased risk for severe symptoms for COVID-19 should avoid gatherings with 20 or more people. This recommendation does not apply to businesses.
If you can work from home, we are asking business leaders to implement teleworking as soon as possible.
Businesses should allow employees to telework immediately, if feasible. We encourage business leaders to make teleworking available to as many employees as possible and expand what they may already be doing in this regard.
Long-term care facilities will have restricted or screened access.
Local health departments must protect our most vulnerable citizens. We ask that local health departments work closely with long-term care facilities to restrict visitor access and monitor employees and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19.
All Utah Systems of Higher Education institutions are ‘going digital’. Campuses and campus services will remain open. Labs will still be held.
Encourage social distancing and travel restrictions for students, employees, and staff. Restrict nonessential travel for employees. School-sponsored events and gatherings should be canceled. Classes will be conducted online as immediately as possible
K-12 schools (public, charter, private) are being asked to prepare to close. There is a 3 tiered plan in place for this, called “Ready, Set, Go.”
Closing a school is a local decision supported by the state and public health officials. The decision to close a school should not be made out of fear or anxiety but rather in close coordination with your local health officer. Do not close schools unless there is an imminent threat to students and staff and in close coordination with your local health officer. Additional guidance on school closures is forthcoming.
All school-related out-of-state travel is canceled. Extracurricular activities will be evaluated by local health officers in consultation with schools. Schools should begin planning to postpone or cancel large school-sponsored events and gatherings, such as assemblies, conferences, sporting events, etc. again, in consultation with their local health officer. Consider staggering recesses, lunchtimes, and the start and end times of school dismissal so students aren’t gathered in large numbers at one time.
Teachers and staff should amplify hygiene measures in the classroom such as cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly and having students wash their hands more frequently before and after lunch, recess, etc.