SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced the city will soon move from orange to yellow on the state’s COVID-19 risk chart.
The move is expected to happen on Friday after receiving the Governor’s approval.
“It is progress and, in many ways, it doesn’t change anything,” Mendenhall said. “The biggest difference is social gatherings can move from 20 people to 50 people. Instead of asking people to stay home most of the time, we are mandating they maintain physical distancing.”
According to the state’s guidelines, schools located in the yellow zones can move forward with in-person learning.
The Salt Lake City School District is set to begin the school year online. Despite the city’s move to yellow, the district has no plans to change its direction.
In a series of tweets, the district outlined the metrics that must be met before students return to the classroom.
Mayor Mendenhall's announcement does not change our plans for remote learning. Our School Restart plan has specific parameters for returning to in-person learning.— SLC School District (@slcschools) September 2, 2020
• New COVID cases need to fall below 10 new cases per 100,000 citizens.
• COVID positive test rate below 5%.