Gov. Herbert Urges Utahns To "Stay Safe, Stay Home"
Friday afternoon Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued what he called a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive to all Utahns.
The directive, which is effective immediately, asks all residents to stay at home as much as possible and work from home whenever possible, stay away from others and practice strict hygiene standards. It also limits travel and sets guidelines for outdoor recreation.
While the governor acknowledged there is no enforcement mechanism to his directive, he said he expects compliance. "I expect all Utah residents and businesses to follow these directives," said Herbert. "They are necessary to keep Utah residents safe during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic."
The directive etablishes minimum statewide standards. The governor indicated local authorities may impose stronger orders to address unique situations in different areas in Utah.
Friday was Summit County's first day under a Stay At Home Order issued by the county, which allows for county officials to charge individuals with a Class B Misdemeanor if they violate the order. However, county officials say they aren't looking to prosecute residents.