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Park City’s Main Street goes quiet as Summit County issues stay-at-home order

Posted at 10:07 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 00:11:29-04

PARK CITY, Utah  — Park City’s Main Street goes quiet as Summit County issues stay-at-home order

A stay-at-home order will be in effect from March 17 through May 1, 2020 in Summit County.

This is the first stay-at-home order issued in Utah. According to the Utah Dept. of Health, there are 402 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Utah as of Thursday, 103 of those cases are in Summit County.

Under the order, residents are required to stay at home and cease non-essential travel and operations. Park City’s Main Street was quiet Thursday as businesses closed ahead of the order going into effect at midnight.

The owner and artist of LUNDS Fine Art Gallery, Allen Lund, decided to close when Summit County closed all dine-in food services earlier this month.

“If people aren’t up here eating, they aren’t up here shopping," he said.

Lund said he supports the stay-at-home order and hopes Salt Lake County will also issue this order.

“I actually was grateful that they did that. Let’s shut things down sooner than later and get things rolling as quickly as possible,” he said.

While he supports the effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, Lund admits his business is taking a financial hit.

“We don’t know yet. Obviously, it’s going to be a big one because we still had three weeks left of the season,” he said. He is anticipating a $100-200 thousand loss. People can still shop online and Lund said he has enough commissioned work to keep him busy for at least 6-8 weeks.

People walking around Main Street Thursday, who live in the area, also said they support the order.

“The only way we are going to get rid of this is if people stop going out and stop spreading it,” Natalie Bill Tarver said. Despite the support, it’s still tough to see Main Street so quiet and to think of all the people and businesses hurting, she said.

“It’s pretty sad. This is usually the vibrant time of year,” Tarver said.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office utilized social media to stop the spread of rumors. There will not be police check points, people can still go to the grocery stores and people can still leave their homes, the department said.

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