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The Rebound: Park City carefully plans to reopen

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:10:20-04

PARK CITY, Utah — A little over a month ago, Summit County had a disproportionately large number of coronavirus cases compared to the rest of Utah.

Park City, the economic engine of Summit County, went into containment mode ahead of the rest of the state, closing businesses and asking tourists to avoid the area.

Mayor Andy Beerman says the city has lost significant revenue in the form of sales and room taxes, but also says his city was financially better prepared than most going into the closures.

To date, no one has died from COVID-19 in Park City, though some new cases are still being reported. Now, Beerman and business owners are making careful plans to start up again.

One idea being explored is the possibility of marketing Park City as the “safest place” to vacation in the future. The basic idea is that Park City’s activities are largely outdoors and away from large gatherings.

Even if the idea gains ground, Mayor Beerman doesn't expect a major advertising campaign any time soon.

Watch the video above to hear more from the mayor, and business owner Maren Mullin who looks forward to seeing people in her art gallery.