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Published June 17th, 2020

Utah Against COVID-19: Reopening the State

Utah officially reopened on May 1 under Utah Leads Together 1.0; the first version of Governor Gary Herbert’s state recovery program to combat the economic strain brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program advocates the importance of following public health guidelines, staying engaged with the economy, and assisting those in need.

The state of Utah currently boasts some of the best statistics in America’s fight against COVID-19. According to Utah Leads Together 3.0, Utah:

  • has the lowest number of deaths per total confirmed cases with a death rate of 1% compared to the national average of 5.9%;
  • has the 5th highest number of tests administered in proportion to its population;
  • has recorded approximately 79% of their COVID-19 transmissions to be through household contacts, not public contacts; and
  • has a cumulative unemployment rate of only 9.6% as of May 10, 2020, compared to the national average of 21.5%

Utah Reopening: General Safety Guidelines

As Utah launches into the 3rd stage of its economic recovery program, it continues to implement general safety guidelines against COVID-19 transmissions in the community. Listed below are Utah’s general safety guidelines for citizens.

Always wear face masks in public

Citizens must always wear face masks in public. This helps minimize the chances of asymptomatic carriers from unknowingly infecting others by way of air droplets from sneezing and coughing.

Always practice social distancing in public

Citizens should practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times when out in public. Retailers, restaurants, and other businesses must implement strict social distancing practices among employees and customers during operations.

Frequently sanitize and disinfect

Businesses are responsible for frequently disinfecting and sanitizing high-touch surfaces and items. They are also responsible for ensuring that soap, water, and disinfectants are always accessible to employees and customers.

Utah Reopening Guidance

The state of Utah released the official Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses which employs a color-coded, tiered table denoting High Risk, Moderate Risk, Low Risk, and New Normal Risk. It outlines the expected precautions citizens and employers must take in order to prevent COVID-19 infections.

Utah also set up a state Coronavirus information website to keep citizens informed of COVID-19 updates, the Risk Phase of each county, and the appropriate safety guidelines based on each county’s risk level.

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce released the Best Practices for Safely Reopening Business and Restoring Consumer Confidence which provides guidance to offices, manufacturing facilities, and food service industries reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reopening Utah with the Help of a Mobile App

As Utah attempts to adapt to a new normal, employers and workers must ensure that official safety guidelines are followed consistently so that the economy can function while risks to Utahns are kept minimal. Recording and organizing data, as well as performing on-the-go COVID-19 safety and risk inspections are easy with iAuditor by SafetyCulture. Our free Utah Reopening Checklists can help businesses implement safety initiatives consistently to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmissions at work.

Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Juhlian Pimping

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Juhlian Pimping has been writing about safety and quality topics for SafetyCulture since 2018. Before writing for SafetyCulture full-time, Juhlian worked in customer service and wrote for an Australian RTO.