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FILE: The Big Bus Utah, a new hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour, takes people for a ride in front of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
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Salt Lake County Closing Convention Centers To Prevent Coronavirus Spread

FILE: The Big Bus Utah, a new hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour, takes people for a ride in front of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake County Emergency Management is closing two major convention centers to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to officials.

In a statement released Sunday, county officials announced the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City and the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy will be closed until further notice.

“Although Salt Lake County is not currently experiencing community transmission, the County is taking precautionary measures to prevent the potential spread of the disease,” according to the statement.

The convention centers have been added to a lengthy list of closures in Salt Lake County, which include recreation centers, libraries, golf courses, theaters and senior centers.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It? 

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Stay home when you are sick 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it. 

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth service through your healthcare providers.  

Additional Resources

If  you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov. 

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