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Utah's governor issues new COVID-19 executive order

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 23:10:03-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert has issued an updated executive order on COVID-19, adjusting some restrictions dealing with sports, personal care service and church services.

The order, issued late Wednesday, provides additional guidelines for moderate risk and low risk phases. The state is utilizing a color coded system to indicate to people where we are on risk level. Last week, the state moved from "red" to "orange."

“I am grateful to all Utahns who take these public health recommendations seriously,” the governor said in a statement. “We still need to be extremely cautious in the moderate-risk phase, and much of that caution will carry into the low-risk phase as well. Following these guidelines is crucial to ensuring the safety and health of all Utahns.”

The revised guidelines include ensuring that churches keep people separated by at least six feet and encourages religious leaders to hold multiple services so they can have smaller crowds at worship services. FOX 13 first reported on the executive order for religions on Tuesday.

Sports cannot be played unless people are 10-feet apart. Yoga studios, dance studios and martial arts studios can re-open if social distancing is followed. Clients obtaining personal care services can remove their mask when it would interfere with the service they are receiving, the governor's office said.

Read the revised guidelines here:

Phased Health Guidelines V4 1 (Text)