Utah’s Health Guidance System
A color-coded health guidance system has been developed by the State of Utah to guide health behaviors for individuals and businesses. Find specific guidelines for your area.
What to do if you or your family test positive for COVID-19
Your cloth face covering (mask) fits and you’re wearing it properly if:
- Your mouth and nose are fully covered
- The covering fits snugly against your face without gaps
- You don’t have difficulty breathing while wearing it
- The mask is secure and doesn’t slip once it’s on
COVID-19 Business Manual
The COVID-19 Business Manual is a step-by-step plan from the Utah Department of Health to protect your business and prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to look at how your business operates and make a plan to make your worksite healthier. You can use this guidance throughout the pandemic, no matter what color of the Utah Color-Coded Health Guidance your community is in. The manual has up-to-date recommendations from the UDOH, CDC, OHSA, and U.S. Department of Labor.
Some of the information you will find in the manual:
- Keeping your business open and what you should do if an employee is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19
- Answers to questions business owners have about requirements for quarantine and isolation, sick leave, and tax credits
- Cleaning after a positive case of COVID-19
- Testing employees for COVID-19
- How to protect your worksite, operations, and employees
- Essential and critical infrastructure sector employees
Need PPE for Your Business?
If you’re a Utah organization in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workforce or on-site visitors, we encourage you to reach out to other Utah companies that can provide those products. The state maintains a spreadsheet that lists Utah PPE vendors for products like masks, sanitizer and disinfectant.
Everyone should practice social distancing right now.
Social distancing means to stay away from other people as much as you can. Social distancing is important because it slows the spread of COVID-19. Avoiding crowds protects you, your family and the community. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Work from home if possible.
Businesses should continue to allow employees to telework, if possible, and follow specific hygiene policies and social distancing in the workplace. We encourage business leaders to make teleworking available to as many employees as possible and expand what they may already be doing in this regard.
Avoid gathering in large groups.
This includes gatherings such as church and religious services, concerts, conferences, and other events or places where large numbers of people gather together. If you are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions which put you at an increased risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend any mass gatherings. Stay home if you are sick. We ask employers for leniency and tolerance for employees who are sick and need to stay home to help prevent the spread of this disease.
Use homemade masks.
If you have to leave home for essential trips like getting groceries or medicine, or if you must be in a place where social distancing is not possible, you should wear a homemade, cloth face mask or covering. You can help your community if you make your own mask.
Color-coded risk phases
It’s okay to eat food from restaurants.
Restaurant takeout, pickup or delivery are encouraged. Dine-in services are allowable with extreme precaution.
Be careful what you touch.
Try to stay 6 feet away from other people. Try not to use cash to pay for things. Use a credit card or pay online. Wash your hands after touching things that other people touch.
Tips for grocery and retail shopping.
Wear a face mask at all times in public settings. Go shopping at times when there are less people in the store. Try to go by yourself. Wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can. Order your groceries online and have them delivered or get a pickup order. Do not touch your face, mouth, nose, or eyes while you are in the store. Try not to take your children or older family members to the store.
Keep higher-risk individuals safe.
Higher-risk individuals operate under stricter instructions because they are more likely to suffer severe illness from COVID-19. Make and send care packages to loved ones. Stay connected with daily calls, video chats, and emails. Help high-risk individuals by going to the grocery store for them or helping them get groceries delivered to their home. Do not bring children or anyone who is sick close to people that have underlying medical conditions, regardless of age.