Tooele County Health Department issues public health order

Closes some businesses, tightens rules in others
Posted at 1:57 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 19:22:20-04

The Tooele County Health Department issued a new public health order Tuesday to enact further protections designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In a news release, Executive Director Jeff Coombs listed ten specific orders which will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and will be in place through Thursday, April 30*.

The order:
1. Prohibits gathering of more than ten individuals.

2. Matches earlier state public health orders regarding food service operations.

3. Closes children’s playgrounds though outdoor sport courts and fields will remain open for individual and for individuals that reside in the same household. Residents are asked to responsibly enjoy recreational amenities by always maintaining 6 feet from people outside of their household.

4. Closes certain businesses that act as gathering places or involve close contact between people.

5. Directs individuals to refrain from visiting nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities, and retirement homes except to provide critical assistance.

6. Directs individuals to avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips (other than shopping for food and other essentials), and social visits.

7. Directs individuals over the age of 60 and individuals who are immuno-compromised to avoid contact with other individuals.

8. Directs businesses to actively enforce social distancing practices and exclude ill employees from working; social distancing should include at least 6-feet between all people in the establishment, and workers symptomatic with respiratory illness or fever must not be present under any circumstances.

9. Defines essential businesses that should do their best to comply with social distancing recommendations but, due to the nature of their operations, may be unable to fully comply and are therefore exempt from the order. Essential businesses must still exclude ill employees from working.

10. Provides an exception to the prohibition of gatherings of more than ten individuals, not having this apply to grocery stores. Grocery stores are encouraged to remain open to provide necessary food items and other goods.

The order complements the Governor’s directive and the goal is to save lives and keep our health system from being overwhelmed, Coombs said.

“It is imperative that every individual and family in the county do their part to maintain physical distance from others in the community,” Coombs said. "The degree to which community members follow this order will directly determine how well Tooele County weathers this outbreak.”

The news release included a list of things that are safe to do in Tooele County.

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*This article previously stated the order would be in place until Tuesday March 31.