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Salt Lake County Health Department
General Information  
Phone: (385) 468-4100

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Businesses

Q: Are personal services (salon, spa, massage, cosmetology, tanning) permitted to operate?

No, the March 29 Salt Lake County: Stay Safe, Stay Home order prohibits these establishments from operating, including offering these services in a customer's home.

Salon services require being within 6 feet of someone outside of your household and are not considered essential, so they are not allowed regardless of the physical location of the service (in-home or in-salon).

A: Can gyms stay open?

No, the March 29 Salt Lake County: Stay Safe, Stay Home order prohibits gyms and fitness centers from operating.

Q: How should child care services operate?
Please see the March 29 Salt Lake County: Stay Safe, Stay Home order page for guidance.
Q: How should physical therapy clinics and services operate?

Please see the March 29 Salt Lake County: Stay Safe, Stay Home order page for guidance.

Q: Can dog groomers stay open?

Yes. If dog groomers are able to follow the requirement to maintain six feet of social distancing between all people at all times, they may remain open. COVID-19 is not known to spread between dogs and people.

Q: Are there guidelines for dental offices?

Dental clinical services must implement protocols to prevent potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19 consistent with the Utah Dental Association's guidelines.

Q: How should we handle payments?

A: We recommend handling payments remotely, either via app or over the phone. If payment in person is necessary, maintain 6 feet between people and wash hands after each transaction (for cash), or sanitize the customer point-of-sale keypad/device after each transaction.

An employee cashiering/handling cash MAY NOT handle food or food containers in any way.

Q: Are cash transactions allowed?

A: If a distance of 6 feet is maintained between people, and the cashier washes hands between each transaction, cash transactions are allowed.

Q: What is the penalty for not following the order?

Under Utah Code 26A-1-123(5)(a)(i), the criminal penalty for violating a public health order is a class B misdemeanor.

But the intent of this order is not to penalize; the intent is to convey how serious COVID-19 is to public health and what's at stake.

Q: Where can I find small business support?

A: On March 17, the Governor Office’s has convened an Economic Task Force where you can seek additional information. We suggest visiting the State Coronavirus website, coronavirus.utah.gov.

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce also has additional information for local businesses at slchamber.com/coronavirus/.