What to know about Utah’s yellow phase

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The majority of Utah is transitioning to the low risk yellow phases. (Photo illustration by David Guenther via Unspalsh)

Most of the state of Utah has transitioned from the moderate risk (orange) phase to the low risk (yellow) phase.

All counties except for Grand, Summit and Wasatch counties and all cities except for Magna, Salt Lake City and West Valley City have transitioned into the yellow phase.

General guidelines of the yellow phase according to Utah’s coronavirus website are:

  • Social gatherings in groups of 50 while maintaining social distancing
  • Maintain social distancing in public settings
  • Face coverings worn when social distancing is difficult to maintain
  • Symptom checks prior to team sports competitions or practices
  • K-12 schools reopening anticipated for 2020-2021 school year
  • Pools open with social distancing
  • Six-foot distance between household groups at events and entertainment venues
  • Spacing between household groups, multiple meeting schedules for smaller gatherings and stream services if preferred

General guidelines for businesses are:

  • All businesses open and take reasonable precautions
  • Dine-in service open with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures
  • Encourage flexible work arrangements, follow hygiene guidelines and continue social distancing in the workplace
A YouTube video posted by Provo City Council gives guidelines on how Utah County can stay open.

According to Utah’s COVID-19 website, “High-risk individuals operate under stricter instructions because they are more likely to suffer severe illness from COVID-19.”

Guidelines for high-risk individuals are:

  • Face coverings worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • For any travel, use appropriate precautions; avoid high-risk areas
  • Telework if possible, if not, maintain a 6-foot distance
  • When visiting friends or family, wear face coverings when within a 6-foot distance
  • Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence
  • Social interactions in groups of 20 or fewer people outside your household or residence
  • Limit visits to hospitals, nursing homes or other residential care facilities

Guidelines for children are:

  • Maintain social distancing in public settings
  • All symptomatic children should stay home from childcare and will be sent home if exhibiting any symptoms
  • Limit interactions with other children in public spaces (e.g. playground equipment)
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