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

Frequently Asked Questions

Stay Smart, Stay Safe

Q: When does the order go into effect? And how long will it last?
The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30,and is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020.
Q: Where can I read the order?
Q: Should I wear a face mask?

Yes, we recommend wearing a cloth face mask or covering when you leave home.

There aren’t enough surgical or N-95 face masks so those should be saved for healthcare workers.

The CDC has instructions on wearing, washing, and making your own face mask (both sewn and with no sewing necessary).

Q: What businesses will need to close? What businesses can remain open?

Businesses most commonly asked about are listed here.

If a business is not listed as "CLOSED," then it may remain open provided it:

  • Excludes employees with fever, cough, or shortness of breath from working; and
  • Ensures all people in the business remain 6 feet away from each other at all times.

You may also review the full order here.

Q: How will this order be enforced?
State law requires penalties for violating a local public health order. These penalties classify the offense as a misdemeanor (class B for the initial offense, class A for repeat offenses. Salt Lake County has asked local municipalities to enforce the health order initially with warnings rather than citations. Repeat or egregious offenders may be cited and charged.
Q: Can I leave my home?

Yes.

We encourage you to wear a fabric face covering when you leave home, particularly when visiting places with other people around.

You should also social distance as much as possible.

Q: Can I still go to work?

Yes.

We encourage you to practice good social distancing and to wear a fabric face covering. Food service workers who interact with the public are required to wear a face covering.

Q: Can I go outside?

Yes, we encourage individual sports and recreation such as walking, hiking, and running—but stay 6 feet away from people outside your household—as well as gardening and yard work.

Congregation in groups is prohibited anywhere in the county, including in outdoor spaces such as neighborhoods, parks, and trails.

Q: Can I go camping?

It is important for county residents to not travel to rural areas in this time because, if you should fall ill or are injured while away from home, rural areas' healthcare facilities are smaller than those in the metropolitan area and may already be stressed by the needs of their own residents.

Please do not add to the burden on facilities in the state's rural areas at this time.

Q: Will liquor stores be open?

Utah State Liquor Stores are considered grocery stores for the purposes of this order, so they are considered essential and will remain open.

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: Can malls be open?

Yes, shopping malls may be open but must enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet between all people, whether they are store employees or customers, at all times.

Q: Can I offer my salon or other services in people's homes?

No. The purpose of the order is to keep people who don't share a household from being within 6 feet of one another. Providing salon, barber, or other services in people's homes puts you within 6 feet of them and violates the intent of the order.

Q: What is going on at [Salt Lake County Facility]?

Salt Lake County is using multiple county-owned buildings across the valley as part of the COVID-19 response.

Some buildings are for warehousing and storage, some are alternate care sites, and some are safe social distancing facilities for people in our community who have no place else to go.

The county is not publicly identifying which facilities function as what due to health privacy concerns, and because facility uses change frequently as the needs of the response evolve.

Regardless of the building's role in the response, its use does not present a threat to the neighborhood or community in any way.

Q: How is the Salt Lake County order different than the governor's directive or Salt Lake City’s proclamation?

The order is consistent with the state’s directive but provides additional detail and clarification about closures and restrictions. The Salt Lake County order also includes enforcement.

Salt Lake County Health Department is the local health authority for Salt Lake City, so the order is in effect for Salt Lake City.