Kane County Update
COVID-19 Update March 21, 2020
Over the past few weeks the guidelines and restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 have changed rapidly, sometimes from day to day. However, the last several days we have seen our Federal, State and local governments settle in on the current social distancing strategy.
Below is a simplified listing of all the various restrictions and guidelines along with their current timelines. Any restriction or recommendation remains subject to change but these are the respective dates as they currently stand unless extended or suspended.
President Trump’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” campaign guidelines were issued on March 16th. Although this specific campaign is in effect only until April 1, many of these simple social distancing and general hygiene guidelines will continue to be recommended. You can find the guidelines here.
Schools are closed for two weeks until March 30th. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently updated their recommendations regarding school closures so we are likely to receive an update from the state or our local school district early next week.
The State Department of Health’s Order regarding dine-in restrictions for Utah restaurants and bars and the restriction on group gatherings of more than ten is currently in effect until April 3rd. Please feel free to use the many options offered in our community for drive-through, take-out, and delivery.
Kane County buildings and most city offices are closed to the public or have limited access until May 1st. Most offices can assist you over the phone or by email.
There are two main points to emphasize at this time. First, we are under social distancing recommendations, NOT isolation or shelter in place orders. In general this means that if you are healthy you should remain social but you need to keep gatherings to ten or less and allow six feet of space between others whenever possible. However, you should not feel restricted to your home or from interacting with others. All healthy individuals should attempt to keep your life as normal as possible while following the restrictions and maintaining good hygiene practices. If you are sick, elderly, or have significant health risks you should stay home as much as possible.
Second, in our area and many other areas of the nation, social distancing is working. For Utah and specifically for Kane County this means it is very unlikely that tougher restrictions will be necessary. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part. Thank you particularly to those who are continuing to support local businesses many of which have suffered tremendously. Let’s continue to help them through this difficult time, with our thoughts, our prayers, and with our dollars. Keeping businesses open and keeping folks employed will go a long way to helping slow any economic down turn and hasten our recovery.
We are in this together.