Updated May 28, 2020
As of May 27, 2020, Utah’s yellow Low-Risk Phase of its plan for health and economic recovery has been updated based on positive progress.
Travel guidelines request that the general public reconsider non-essential travel to areas with widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Within Utah adhere to the guidelines of the geographical areas through which you are traveling. Most of Utah is currently in the yellow, low-risk phase recommending reasonable precautions. There are exceptions and residents and visitors alike should be aware that areas may return to moderate or higher risk guidelines if required.
To help build and sustain consumer confidence, the guidelines encourage employers of all businesses to maintain flexible working arrangements (rotating shifts, remote work, etc.), comply with distancing guidelines and sustain increased cleaning regimen of high-touch areas while monitoring staff for symptoms and well-being.
Residents of Utah and visitors alike can also expect businesses in low-risk areas to be available as follows:
- Dine-in service and bars are opened, with tables arranged so there is appropriate distance between diners. Increased hygiene practices for customers and staff.
- Hospitality, tourism and accommodations are opened with precautions taken for shared spaces; additional caution is taken with extra sanitation of all areas of the property. In addition, the guidelines recommend these businesses maintain signage to remind groups to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating in common areas.
- As always, the guidelines also recommend that face coverings are worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Download the updated list of social and business Phased Guidelines.
Arches and Canyonlands began phased opening on May 29, 2020, which means all of Utah’s Mighty 5 parks are open, though services and resources remain limited. At this time Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Four Corners remain closed.
Visit our Traveler Information page for additional resources and links and please let us know of updates or improvements to our information.
As an industry and as a state, we continue to execute on that plan to adapt, innovate and overcome through the pandemic. Indeed, roughout it all, Utah’s tourism industry had continued to inspire through innovation and resiliency.
The Utah Office of Tourism continues to share inspirational messages through eight western states: California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. We will soon be introducing new creative to build on the inspirational tone established by the Small, but Mighty spots linked below. As travelers are becoming increasingly comfortable planning ahead, we’ll be there to inspire their trip to Utah and provide the right resources to support a safe and responsible journey.
The UOT is closely monitoring the phases of reopening in Utah and neighboring states to make informed marketing decisions around which spots to show in these markets as well as when and where to transition from Immediate Phase messages to the next phase.
The current spots (Rain and Sand) on Connected TV streaming services such as Hulu and Disney+ show empathy and tie together pillars of permanence, openness and our collective desire to stay united. The messages are meant to restore confidence and inspire in-state and regional drive-market audiences by reminding them of what Utah offers.
We keep audiences inspired by connecting Utah’s natural landscapes to the actions people are taking to stay united. We thank those who are doing their part.
Looking for our social media best practices and online tips? See our COVID-19 Communications Tips for DMOs and Businesses (Google Doc).
PPE Resources for Utah Businesses
The state maintains a spreadsheet that lists Utah vendors for personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, sanitizer and disinfectant. If you’re a Utah organization in need of PPE for your workforce or on-site visitors, we encourage you to reach out to other Utah companies that can provide those products. View the spreadsheet here.
CARES Act Small Business Administration loans
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security) Act is live as of Wednesday, April 1st.
Two major loan programs include Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Enhancement including pathways to loans and loan forgiveness for small travel businesses, federally backed financial assistance and tax relief to mitigate losses and keep the lights on. On May 7, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration announced availability of funding that will be provided to state and regional organizations to develop CARES Act recovery and resilience strategies, including industry supply chain, cluster analyses, econometric analyses, diversification efforts and travel and tourism-related marketing campaigns.
For more information, please visit the EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.
Who to Follow
- The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices and COVID 2019 Information for Travel
American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Coronavirus Resource Page
- U.S. Travel Association’s COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response
- The Utah Office of Tourism’s COVID-19 Traveler Information on visitutah.com, which includes the latest reports of closures or restricted activities.
- The Governor’s Office of Economic Development COVID-19 information page
- Brand USA Coronavirus Industry Impact and Updates
If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.