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Salt Lake City to soon move to 'yellow' zone on COVID-19 risk chart

Posted at 10:13 PM, Sep 02, 2020

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.