Protecting yourself and others in public places

What should all Utahns do to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 in public places?

COVID-19 is more likely to spread when more people are out in the community. It is very important to use caution and protect yourself and others when you are in public and at work.

What should you do to keep everyone safe in social settings, public places, and family gatherings (funerals, weddings, religious ceremonies)?

Use caution when you are in public places, social settings, and at family gatherings. If you follow the guidance when you are in public, it not only keeps you safe but helps keep others safe as well.

  • Do not go to public places or social gatherings if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Practice good hygiene, physical distance, wear a face covering, and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in yourself and others when you go to public places or where there are groups of people. Do not get in close contact with someone who is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19.

What should you do to keep children safe in public places, including on playgrounds?

  • One of the best things you can do to protect children from illness is to help them practice good hygiene, such as washing their hands often. Help children practice good hygiene and practice physical distancing. Children should wear a cloth face covering if they can’t practice physical distancing. Do not use cloth face coverings children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 when they are in public places or group gatherings.
  • Children should stay home from school or childcare if they are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19. They will be sent home if they have symptoms.
  • Children who are sick or have symptoms should not go to public places or social gatherings.

Religious services

Considerations for faith groups returning to in-person religious services

Governor Herbert recognizes the importance of faith groups during these difficult times. Under the Orange (Moderate Restriction Level), Yellow (Low Restriction Level), and Green (Minimal Restriction Level) Utah COVID-19 Health Risk Status Phased Guidelines, faith groups are able to hold in-person religious services of any size as long as a distance of at least 6 feet is kept between household groups. The 6-foot distance requirement is the only limit of the Phased Guidelines on the number of people who can participate in an in-person religious service.

The following are provided as considerations for faith groups and individuals returning to in-person religious services. These considerations were prepared in consultation with a working group of faith leaders representing the rich diversity of faiths in Utah. These considerations are also consistent with ongoing messaging from the Utah Department of Health and are consistent with the best available medical science.

These considerations are not binding on any faith group and should not be construed as an attempt to regulate religious practices. They are provided as information so that individuals can make decisions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Each faith group will decide for itself when to resume in-person religious services.

See Phased Guidelines for religious services