March 16, 2020
SLCoHD Declares Public Health Emergency, Limits Some Business Operations
Social distancing and employee health among the essential components of the health order
(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.