Stay Safe, Stay Home Directive

Stay Safe. Stay Home.

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive to all Utahns. This was not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. This directive aimed to make clear what individuals and businesses should do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state and communities.

Goals of the directive were to flatten the curve, reduce the strain on hospitals and the healthcare system, and minimize the impact on medical resources for those with highest need.

The governor’s executive order expired on May 1, 2020 and was replaced by volume 2 of the Utah Leads Together plan, which set forth a color-coded guidance system for reopening the economy.

Color-coded health guidance system

State and Local Directive and Orders.

Local authorities may impose more
stringent directives and orders to
address the unique situations in
different areas of Utah.

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What does the stay at home directive mean?

Utahns are expected to stay home whenever possible. The directive includes specific instructions for all individuals, as well as higher-risk individuals (60 years and older and those with serious underlying medical conditions), and children. The directives regarding hygiene, gatherings, travel, and outdoor recreation are effective immediately.

All other businesses can remain open and are reminded to comply with all public health orders, offer telework options wherever possible, continue following strict hygiene policies, and implement enhanced social distancing measures in the workplace where telework is not an option.

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