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Utah’s Governor Herbert has issued new orders for Utahns during the on-going Coronavirus Pandemic. With limited testing available, leaving experts uncertain, this loosening of standards is something of a gamble — your money or your life.

Thus, the predicted “loosening” of limits includes dozens of specific rules that must be followed.

For example, dining inside restaurants is now allowed — though specifically not encouraged. The guidance for restaurants begins,

“Takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery options are still encouraged. Dine-in services are allowed with extreme precaution, following strict guidelines around physical distancing and staff monitoring.”

Those guidelines include 33 specific rules that must be followed. Among them is a limit to how closely diners may be seated to one another, which likely means restaurants will not be able to serve the same number of customers as they once did.

The Governor’s office is issuing these new orders with care. To give an idea just how much, here are some of their comments included with the orders:

As the Governor issued an order last night regarding the Addendum to the Utah Leads Together document, we have made adjustments to the guidance documents…

Because the Governor issued an order, these are requirements and will need to be observed in each of these different areas. Please feel free to share these documents out with your local businesses…

In regards to the guidance documents, we are getting a lot of calls about little league sports. We have asked the State to specifically address this issue to provide some clarity. For now, our answer is found in the Public Guidance doc: “Do not engage in close-contact or team sports”. So for now, ‘team sports’ includes youth/little league and are not allowed.

Also, we have received a lot of questions about pools. For all swimming pools, only lap swimming is allowed. Hotel pools are not outright told to close or remain closed, but most of them are not large enough to allow lap swimming, so they are effectively closed. The current order goes until May 15 and the guidelines will be reviewed and possibly revised at that time.

Click through to read PDF files of the Governor’s specific orders — effective immediately — for the public, and for different kinds of businesses, as we move forward during the “Moderate Risk Phase” of the COVID-19 Pandemic here in Utah:


  1. General Public
  2. Businesses
  3. Daycares
  4. Events, Cultural Arts, Entertainment
  5. Gyms & Fitness Centers
  6. Healthcare
  7. Hotels
  8. Pools
  9. Dining
  10. Retail
  11. Salons