Salt Lake mayor wants state to issue stay-at-home directive — or she will


A few people are spotted on what would normally be more crowded downtown Salt Lake street on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Coronavirus concerns are keeping more people home.

A few people are spotted on what would normally be more crowded downtown Salt Lake street on March 14. Salt Lake City officials want to follow Summit County in enacting a stay-at-home order to stem the spread of COVID-19. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The mayor of Utah’s capital city wants the state to issue a stay-at-home order to all residents to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

“Like many, I’m eager to issue a stay at home order,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall posted on Twitter. “But as a capital city surrounded by & relied upon by others throughout Utah, our efforts are only as good as the efforts of those around us. Moving ahead with the state will be more effective. If we can’t, I’m ready to act soon.”

Summit County on Wednesday became the state’s first county to issue an order requiring all residents to stay at home and abandon any nonessential travel until May 1. It takes effect Thursday night after midnight.

The Summit order asks those with “secondary homes” to stay away and any tourists not to travel to the county. The current order allows residents to patronize grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, banks, post offices and health care facilities. All of those — along with farming, restaurants and essential transportation services — are considered essential.

Some Salt Lake County Council members during a council meeting on Tuesday expressed concerns that not enough has been done to limit the spread of the disease and shorten the economic impact of the virus, questioning if the county should issue a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson had not moved on that as of Thursday afternoon, saying earlier this week county officials had been studying data and spread “modeling” …read more

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