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.
Utah Reopening Checklists
Utah Reopening Checklist for Retail, Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, and Convenience Stores
This checklist covers the recommended health protocols under Utah’s Moderate Risk Phase (Orange). Retailers may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of customers and workers.
Utah Reopening Checklist for Religious Services
This checklist covers the minimum recommended health protocols for religious services in Utah. Religious leaders may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of attendees and workers.