Updated June, 2020
Utah’s Economic Response Task Force released Volume 4 of the Utah Leads Together plan based on three core pillars: follow public health guidelines, stay engaged with the economy and assist those in need. Utah’s health guidance system tracks counties and localities by color code to inform residents and visitors of area health guidelines.
In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has approved requests for multiple counties to enter the green “New Normal” phase.
In the New Normal phase, traveling restrictions are mostly lifted. Travelers are asked to use appropriate precautions, self-monitor symptoms 14 days upon return and avoid areas of high transmission.
Yellow Low-Risk travel guidelines likewise 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 or green, New Normal phase (with the exception of orange, Moderate Risk Salt Lake City as of 6/19) each recommending reasonable precautions and personal responsibility. 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
- Screen daily when engaged with high-risk populations
- Sustain increased cleaning regimen of high-touch areas while monitoring staff for symptoms and well-being.
Additional best practices for employers include educating their workforce about the threat of COVID-19 and what they should do to safe including posting signage at entrances.
Residents and visitors alike can expect businesses in green “new normal” areas to be available as follows:
- Businesses open and operating under enhanced hygiene and cleaning regimen with monitoring of workforce and customers.
Residents of Utah and visitors alike can also expect businesses in yellow “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.
All of Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks as well our national monuments, recreation areas and state parks are open, though some indoor services and resources may remain limited and visitors are advised to check official park pages and social media channels for current travel alerts and closures. 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. Our creative shares inspirational messages of “Here, We Heal” and “Small, but Mighty.” 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 based on current conditions and traveler readiness.
Small, but Mighty includes Rain and Sand and show empathy to 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. Here, We Heal includes The Desert Calls, Color of Hope and Rise. These spots call us outside and showcase the permanence and the healing power of Utah, offering comfort in the knowledge that this land has been here for millions of years, and will be here for a million more — these eternal lands can ground us, give us perspective, heal us.
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.