April 18, 2020
Salt Lake County Makes Modifications to COVID-19 Stay Safe Plan Mayor Wilson Encourages Continued Social Distancing
Tina Brown -
SALT LAKE COUNTY – Citing coordination with the State’s Utah Leads Together plan and the progress of social distancing efforts, Mayor Jenny Wilson announced today that the County will ease two restrictions in the current Stay Home order.
The first is the modification of the “Stay at Home” portion of the order, which means residents can move about more freely as long as they take precautions. The second aspect of the adjustment gives restaurants the ability to now take “in-restaurant” orders for take-out food. Table service or dine-in service is still prohibited.
“The social distancing measures of our residents, communities and businesses have paid off,” said Wilson. “So, we are cautiously and carefully beginning to ease restrictions. But we need to stress that face coverings and social distancing is still critical.”
Last week, the County listed four areas that had to be addressed prior to easing Salt Lake County’s order. Gary Edwards, Executive Director of Salt Lake County Health Department, said the County was seeing progress in the four areas, which are specified as follows:
- A trend of decline in cases
- Hospital stabilization
- Testing capabilities for those with symptoms or those exposed to potential cases
- Contact tracing in place
Edwards added that while the progress is promising, residents need to continue doing their part to slow the spread of illness.
“The data shows that both social distancing and the use of face coverings are working—and are as important as ever,” said Edwards. “Face coverings are especially important for helping prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus.”
Mayor Wilson also reinforced the importance of protecting at-risk populations. Data has shown that confined living spaces, like senior living centers and homeless shelters, remain a challenge. The County continues to work to address needs for those with unique situations and health requirements.
“We are optimistic about the future, yet cautious at the same time,” said Mayor Wilson. “And as always, we will continue to make evidence-based decisions.”