County Leaders Consider Extending Stay-At-Home Orders

Apr 8, 2020, 6:27 AM
FILE: The Northwest Quadrant area of Salt Lake City. (Chopper 5)...
FILE: The Northwest Quadrant area of Salt Lake City. (Chopper 5)
(Chopper 5)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It could be a while before Utahns see government-ordered restrictions easing.

Officials in both Salt Lake and Summit counties have confirmed they plan to extend stay-at-home orders.

Summit County’s order will now last until May 1, and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said the county’s order could last until Memorial Day or longer.

Those orders mean people are asked to continue to social distance and limit travel. Non-essential businesses such as gyms, spas and resorts will remain closed, and gatherings of more than 10 people are temporarily banned. Schools in those counties will also likely be affected.

Wilson said she’ll make an official soon on how long the county’s stay-at-home order will remain in effect.

Currently, only Davis, Salt Lake and Summit counties have stay-at-home orders. Gov. Gary Herbert has issued a statewide directive called “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” which encourages residents to social distance and stay home unless necessary. However, it does not impose a penalty for those who don’t follow the suggestions.

The Salt Lake County Council on Tuesday voted to extend the public health emergency declaration until July 5.

The extended emergency declaration allows the county to continue to apply for federal emergency funds, which will be reimbursed for COVID-19 response efforts.

Utah is one of eight states nationally – including Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas – without a statewide stay-at-home order. Groups including the Utah Academy of Family Physicians and the Utah House Democrats have officially called on Herbert to issue an order for the entire state.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

flu shot tripledemic...
Matt Rascon

KSL+: The rise of respiratory viruses and COVID’s impact

It’s not even winter yet, and the CDC is warning that the country is experiencing a resurgence of respiratory viruses, which are taking a toll on hospitals and children.
8 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave.
2 months ago
Alex Cabrero and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Sandy woman shares frustration of ongoing battle with COVID-19

As life starts to return to normal from the pandemic, for millions of Americans, it still causes a daily struggle. That's the case for one Sandy woman, who shared her story Tuesday.
2 months ago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
2 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah’s COVID-19 numbers are down

The director of the World Health Organization said yesterday about COVID-19, “the end is in sight,” even if we are not there yet.
3 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writer

Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no

New booster shots have arrived and social distancing guidelines have eased but COVID-19 infections aren't going away anytime soon. Experts predict the scourge that's already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future as the virus continues to cause deaths and may well mutate or evolve into a new disease.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
County Leaders Consider Extending Stay-At-Home Orders