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

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are there exceptions to the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people?

The prohibition of gatherings of more than ten (10) individuals does not apply to critical government services such as fire, police, emergency response, and court services, or to other necessary services such as hospitals, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, licensed or contracted residential care providers, grocery stores, stores that sell other commodities, gas stations, convenience stores, building and construction worksites, and the shipping, transportation, and airline industry.

However, these industries and services must use appropriate precautions to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, including frequent sanitation and enforcing social distancing of 6 feet between all people as much as possible.

Q: Can I have more than 10 people in my workplace?

Yes, the order should not be interpreted as requiring a business to limit staff in a single location to a maximum of ten (10) employees. But businesses must use social distancing of at least 6 feet and teleworking wherever possible.

The goal is to prevent one person’s respiratory droplets from another person’s immediate vicinity.

Q: What about large families?

The public health order does not apply to a family with more than ten (10) people in the same household.

Extended family should stay connected via telephone or video rather than in-person gatherings, particularly with family members at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness, such as those over 60 and those with other health concerns.

Q: With the ban on gatherings, can community sports teams still play?

A: No, community team sports should not take place. This is in alignment with the Utah High School Activities Association suspending all athletics, including practices, games, and gatherings.

Individual sports and fitness, such as swimming, tennis, yoga, etc., may continue as long as all participants remain 6 feet apart at all times with fewer than 10 individuals in an immediate vicinity.

Q: Should I stay home from my community event or public gathering?

On March 16, Salt Lake County Health Department issued a Public Health Order prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people.

On March 18, the Utah Department of Health issued a Publc Health Order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people.

If your gathering has not been canceled by the organizer, we advise you to stay home as much as possible.