COVID-19 guidelines around the country vary from state-to-state and even city-to-city. Many people don’t know the full guidelines for working, visiting, and doing business in Salt Lake City during the pandemic. Here are some answers to some common questions.
Q: What is Salt Lake City’s reopening plan?
Salt Lake City uses a COVID-19 Transmission Index that provides data for each county’s risk over a 7-day average. As of November 1, 2020, the city is in a high level of transmission area, and masks are required.
Q: Is it mandatory to wear a mask in Salt Lake City during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. Masks are mandatory in Salt Lake City when the transmission index is high. The most recent order on August 19, 2020, extended the requirement until January 5, 2021. Residents and visitors in the city should wear masks in public indoor settings, outdoors, and anytime physical distance isn’t possible. Exceptions include:
- Actively drinking or eating
- As the sole occupant in a room or cubicle
- While communicating with individuals that are deaf or hearing impaired
- Exercising indoors or outdoors at a distance of six feet from other people
- When necessary for security purposes
- During organized sporting events
- Children under age 3
Q: Are restaurants open in Salt Lake City?
Yes. All restaurants are open in Salt Lake City. During high transmission times, residents and visitors are urged to use outdoor or take out dining options.
Q: Are gyms open in Salt Lake City?
Yes. You can go to the gym or other fitness facilities in Salt Lake City during all transmission levels. Members and staff must stay six feet apart and wear a mask when it’s not possible.
Q: What businesses and services are open in Salt Lake City?
No businesses or services are required to close in Salt Lake City during COVID-19. The local government requires patrons and employees to wear face coverings during high levels of transmission and maintain six feet of physical distance at all infection rates.
Q: What does Salt Lake City define as “essential business” during COVID?
There are many businesses and services in Salt Lake City that are defined as essential and will remain open during all transmission rates. These locations include but aren’t limited to schools, health care facilities, grocery stores, and auto sales and repair sites.
Q: Are large gatherings allowed in Salt Lake City?
The size of gatherings in Salt Lake City depends on the area’s transmission rate. People in counties that fall under these categories must limit events to 10 guests unless it’s at a bar, restaurant, or a business that is not hosting the gathering. For example, a group of 20 friends go to a restaurant for a celebration. Attendees and hosts should still wear face coverings and stay six feet apart at all times. When the transmission rate is at moderate, social events of 25 or fewer people are allowed. Counties experiencing low-level infection levels are okay to have gatherings with up to 50 people. Guests and hosts are still required to wear face coverings at events. Enviro-Master of Utah can help businesses re-open and stay safe with our COVID cleaning service and bathroom cleaning service. Contact us today to learn more!