Stay-At-Home Order Takes Effect In Summit County

Mar 27, 2020, 5:58 AM

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A stay-at-home order took effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday as county leaders ratcheted up their response to the spread of COVID-19.

According to the order, all individuals are instructed to stay at their residences until May 1.

“All persons may leave their residences only for ‘essential activities,’ ‘essential governmental functions,’ ‘essential travel,’ or to operate ‘essential businesses,’” the order stated.

Restaurants were included in the order as essential businesses, but were limited to curbside pick-up and drive-thru service.

All non-essential businesses in the county were to cease on-site activities except for “minimum basic operations.”

“The stay-at-home order is just that — if you don’t need to be out and about, we’re really asking you to stay at home,” said Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez. “What it isn’t is a lockdown. We don’t want people to think that they cannot leave their homes to go to the grocery stores, to go and hike the trails, walk the dogs — that is still what we’re allowing people to do.”

Martinez said the order does intend to discourage travel from other counties and states.

“We have a very small medical system here and if people come up here to recreate, if people come up here from out of town and they get sick, or they get injured, it’s going to overwhelm our small medical centers,” Martinez said.

Martinez said he planned to begin educating residents on what they are supposed to do and why. He said there wouldn’t be checkpoints or deputies looking at homes to make sure proper social distancing is occurring.

“As the sheriff, I am not going to be going around with a ruler and checking people for proper distance,” Martinez said. “Maintain your social life the best you can with a 6-foot barrier.”

On Park City’s Main Street Thursday, art dealer Colby Larsen said it seemed as if the order had already been in place for some time.

“What’s bizarre is it’s like it happened over a week ago,” he said. “It’s been dead.”

Larsen, the owner of five art galleries, was in the process of loading several items into his SUV so he could more easily work from home.

“For me right now, nothing is going to change as far as what it looks like out on the street in the sense that things have just turned off up here,” Larsen said.

Larsen said he believed residents were taking the social distancing measures to heart as a positive for their protection.

“You know, there are a lot of people who needed to know that it’s serious,” Larsen said.

He said he believed the economic toll from the pandemic could extend into the fall.

“It’s an interesting time,” Larsen said. “That’s for sure.”

Martinez urged people to be good examples of social distancing to those around them, including their children.

“If you don’t need to be out and about, we’re asking you to stay home, stay in your residence,” Martinez said. “We expect people to take this seriously. Be responsible.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

The Nurse Crisis and Patent Risk....
Debbie Worthen

Utah registered nurses are leaving the field, creating the ‘perfect storm’

"Without nurses, we can't have hospitals." Utah nurses are overworked and underpaid. Some say it's put people at risk.
15 days ago
Four-year-old Viola Fairfax-Panza Getting her COVID-19 vaccination, held by her mother Keke Fairfax...
Jed Boal

Salt Lake Co. distributes COVID vaccines for children 6-months and older

Salt Lake County begins COVID-19 vaccinations for children 6 months and older.
15 days ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Stephen Zenner/Getty Images)...
Jed Boal

Utah’s youngest kids should be able to get COVID-19 vaccine next week

Kids as young as 6 months old should be able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the middle of next week. This is an eagerly awaited opportunity for many parents and an issue of concern for others.
19 days ago
Utah COVID testing site. Getty images...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

New mobile COVID-19 testing sites open in Utah

With the summer travel season underway and a steady stream of people still testing positive for COVID-19, Nomi Health opened several mobile testing sites across Utah.
28 days ago
The CDC is released updated mask guidance as researchers learn more about COVID-19. (KSL TV)...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Charter school asks students not to mask to help ‘normalize’ not wearing masks at school

The American Preparatory Academy asks students not to wear a mask during their last three days of school to help with their 'academic and emotional growth.'
1 month ago
AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 15: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigat...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5-11, here’s what a doctor advises

The CDC now recommends Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children ages five to 11. But, a leading pediatric epidemiologist suggests some parents may want to wait based on their summer plans.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Stay-At-Home Order Takes Effect In Summit County