UTAH LEADS TOGETHER
Utah Leads Together is Governor Herbert’s comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19.
Every Utahn plays a role in Utah’s recovery. We lead together. This leadership requires Utahns to continue to take three major actions:
Follow public health guidelines
Stay engaged with the economy
Assist those in need
Volume 4 (released June 17, 2020) of the Utah Leads Together plan builds upon Volume 1, released March 24, 2020, and Volume 2, released April 17, 2020, and Volume 3 released on May 20, 2020. These volumes are not intended to replace one another, rather they are intended to support one another, like individual pieces of an overall strategy.
We anticipate there will be additional versions of this plan as we manage the new risk of COVID-19.
The report and economic playbook include recommendations from dozens of Utah state and industry leaders.
Utah Leads Together 4.0
Released June 17, 2020 – Utah leaders remain confident that as the COVID-19 pandemic ends, Utah will emerge even stronger. This plan provides clarity, confidence, and context for that recovery.
Volumes I, II and III of the Utah Leads Together plan presented economic phases, color-coded health guidance, instructions for high-risk individuals, recommendations from Utah’s multi-cultural communities, and initial plans for Utah’s next economy.
This edition, Volume IV, of the Utah Leads Together plan, presents Utah’s economic recovery and revitalization plan.
Color-coded Phased Guidelines
Utah Leads Together 3.0
Version 3 of the Utah Leads Together plan was released on May 20, 2020 and added onto the previous two versions by presenting critical instructions for high risk populations, addresses impacts to Utah’s multi-cultural community, and plants seeds for Utah’s ultimate recovery.
High risk populations (including those aged 65 years and higher) have been greatly affected by COVID-19. Version 3 outlines Utah’s plan to protect high-risk individuals.
Additionally, Utah’s Multi-cultural community has seen a disproportionate amount of illness and death related to COVID-19. Version 3 outlines specific actions to address this disparity.
Utah Leads Together 2.0
The second version of Utah Leads Together was released April 17, 2020. This version of the plan builds on the first version by recommending actions Utah businesses and citizens can take during each of the response phases and introduces new data tools that will help in the transition between those phases.
Click here to read the full Utah Leads Together 2.0 document
Economic recovery is not like flipping a switch, it's more like moving a dial. The color-coded health guidance system developed by the task force will guide Utahns as we make adjustments to open businesses, but still keep our most at risk populations safe.
Guidelines for each phase of the dial can be found in the Color-coded Guidelines document of the plan.
Regardless of the level, Utahns are asked to adhere to these rules of conduct:
1. Common Sense and Personal Responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Residents and businesses must take personal responsibility to be informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support economic reactivation.
2. Protective Hygiene and Cleaning – Utahns must practice protective hygiene and cleaning regimens to minimize the risk of the virus. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as feasible
- Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects.
- Cover coughs or sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands
- Clean high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.) regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Refrain from hand shaking
3. Follow Guidance – Public health and economic opportunity are intrinsically linked. Utahs must strictly follow the health guidance of each color or risk backtracking and causing greater economic harm.
4. High-risk Populations – High-risk populations and those around them must follow a specific set of instructions issued by the Utah Department of Health.
Utah Leads Together 1.0
On March 24, 2020, Gov. Herbert released the first version of Utah Leads Together, a comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19.
The Utah Leads Together economic response plan recognizes the value of facing uncertainty with a dynamic, data-informed, and unified plan. It gives structure and order, to what can otherwise be an unclear and difficult reality.
The plan introduced three phases of response: urgent, stabilization, and recovery. These phases were meant to help businesses correctly balance the health of employees with planning imperatives necessary for continuing operations. You can read the whole plan and a summary of the first phase.
The time estimates of the phases gave businesses the ability to set concrete objectives during a period of uncertainty. The time horizons gave employees of those businesses confidence that a return to business was coming.
Stability from directionally correct plans forms the basis of our economic recovery.
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