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March 16, 2020

SLCoHD Declares Public Health Emergency, Limits Some Business Operations

Nicholas Rupp - Email
385-468-4130

(SALT LAKE COUNTY)—Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) today declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Immediately following the declaration, SLCoHD issued a health order, effective at 11:00 p.m. today, March 16, regarding business operations in the county, including specifics for the food and beverage industry. 

All retail and service-oriented businesses are required to implement social distancing measures and exclude symptomatic workers from working. Social distancing should include at least 6-feet between customers in the establishment. Workers symptomatic with respiratory illness or fever must not be in the business—no exceptions.

Specifics for the food and beverage industry:

  • Food Service: Dine-in operations are prohibited; takeout, curbside, pickup, drive-thru, delivery (including by third-party services), and mobile food (trucks/carts) are allowed with some modifications.
  • Food Delivery: Drop service only.
  • Grocery Stores and Cafeterias: Eliminate seating areas as well as any other opportunity to congregate.


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