November 9, 2020
Governor Gary Herbert addressed Utah Sunday, November 8th with the following message:
The Governor’s executive order enacts statewide COVID-19 restrictions which:
- Place the entire state under a mask mandate.
- Limit casual social gatherings to household-only until November 23, 2020.
- Put all youth and high school extracurricular activities, including athletic and intramural events, on hold for the duration of the order.
- Require students enrolled at public and private colleges and universities, who either live on campus or attend at least one in-person class per week, to be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
Statewide mask mandate
You must wear a mask in public and when within six feet of anyone you don’t live with. This mandate is also enforceable in business settings, which must require employees to wear masks, request patrons wear masks, and post signage to that effect. Businesses that fail to do so will be subject to fines. Please note that even after the orders issued expire, the mask mandate will be extended for the foreseeable future.
Social gathering limits
You must keep casual social gatherings to household-only until November 23, 2020. A social gathering refers to any in-person gathering of individuals from separate households. This does not include a gathering for a primarily educational or religious purpose.
No extracurricular activities
Youth and high school students must not participate in extracurricular activities, including athletic and intramural events, for the duration of the order. This does not limit intercollegiate athletic events, or practices and games associated with high school championships, that follow instructions for testing and limiting crowd size, as detailed in the order.
Weekly testing for college and university students
Students enrolled at public and private institutions of higher education, who either live on campus or attend at least one in-person class per week, must be tested for COVID-19 weekly. Like the mask mandate, this requirement will continue for the foreseeable future. K-12 schools are open for in-person learning.
State of Emergency FAQ
All businesses, including bars and restaurants, must:
- Require employees and contractors to wear a face covering while at work.
- Ask patrons to wear a face mask.
- Require at least 6 feet of physical distance between household groups. For bars and restaurants, at least 6 feet of physical distance is required between parties. Bars must close by 10 p.m. until November 23, 2020.
- Post signage that lists COVID-19 symptoms, asks individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to stay home, and provides notice of face mask and physical distancing requirements.