COVID-19 Update May 28nd, 2020
Below is a simplified listing of all the various restrictions and guidelines due to COVID-19. These guidelines are likely change on a weekly or even daily basis. However, general guidelines for staying home if you are sick and maintaining good hygiene practices are not likely to change.
You can find specific federal guidelines for businesses and personal hygiene here.
State Guidelines and Restrictions:
The State of Utah has issued a long term plan to address the pandemic called Utah Leads Together. The newest addition, Utah Leads Together 3.0 can be found here. The plan includes a three phased approach beginning with the Urgent phase, then moving to the Stabilization phase (May through October), and then to the Recovery phase. On May 1 Governor Herbert announced that we have moved to the Stabilization Phase. There are also color coded levels of risk with specific social distancing guidelines for individuals and businesses by industry. Red is for High Risk, Orange is for Moderate Risk, Yellow is for Low Risk and Green is for New Normal Risk. A complete copy of these Phased Guidelines can be found here. Our local health department, Southwest Utah Public Health Department, has a user friendly site to view the guidelines which you can access here.
Most of the State is currently under the Yellow (Low-Risk) Phase. Salt Lake City, West Valley City, the Magna Township, and Grand County are still in the Orange (Moderate-Risk) Phase. A summary of Yellow guidelines for the General Public is set forth further below. All of these guidelines are legally enforceable under the law other than the requirement for the general public to wear face coverings. For the guidelines that apply to employers please review the Phased Guidelines for your specific industry. Under Yellow all industries are allowed to open with social distancing restrictions in place However, high risk individuals should continue to take extreme precautions.
Summary of Yellow Guidelines for the General Public:
• General public and employers take reasonable precautions
• Face coverings worn in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
• Follow strict hygiene standards, including:
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Use hand sanitizer frequently
• Avoid touching your face
• Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g. into a tissue, sleeve, or elbow; not hands)
• Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g. door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces)
• Follow any other standards promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Utah Department of Health, and local health department
• Do not shake hands
• In-person interactions in decreased group sizes that enable all social distancing guidelines to be maintained; social interactions in groups of 50 or fewer
• Maintain social distancing when in public settings
• Regularly disinfect high-touch areas (e.g. door handles, buttons/switches, countertops, handrails, shopping carts, check-out counters, restroom surfaces)
• Give sick family members their own room if possible and keep the door closed
• Have only one family member care for the sick individual
• Schools can open (planning reopening for 2020-2021 school year)• All businesses operating
• Employers exercise discretion with remote work and returning to onsite work
• Symptom checking in public and business interactions (checklist or verbal symptom checking)
• Design spaces to maintain 6-foot distance between individuals. If impossible to do so, a partition must be installed for separation or a face covering must be worn
• Limit out-of-state travel, quarantine 14 days upon return from high-risk areas as determined by the CDC, currently designated as most foreign countries but not domestic travel (this quarantine protocol does not apply to an individual who travels out of state pursuant to the individual’s regular and ordinary duties as an employee of a transportation business or entity)
An integral part of the guidelines and plans moving forward to reduce the spread of the disease is the implementation of wearing masks or face coverings. In general, any employee who interacts with customers or who cannot maintain six feet of distance from other individuals is required to wear a face covering. The general public is not required but is strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in any public setting. The State of Utah plans to make and distribute two million face coverings under the “A Mask for Every Utahn” program. Click here to order your mask.
The State Department of Health recommends that healthcare providers and testing sites test ALL individuals with any symptom of COVID-19 no matter how mild. The symptoms are fever of 100.4 or above, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, sudden change in taste or smell, and muscle aches or pains. You can find the nearest testing center here. The Kane County Hospital is our local location for collecting samples that are then processed by ARUP. You should call the hospital first to determine if you should be tested and how to proceed with testing. 435-644-5811. Click here for more information from Kane County Hospital.
For other up to date information regarding the state of the pandemic in Utah please visit coronavirus.utah.gov.
Kane County has implemented a COVID-19 Operational Plan, which can be found here. The plan places restrictions in place based on the Governor’s color designations. Under Yellow or low-risk, all county facilities are open other than the Senior Center which will continue to operate through expanded in-home services and the Public Safety Facility which will continue to have strict measures in place to protect jail staff and jail inmates. The public is encourage to make appointments and to access services by phone or email. You may call (435)644-4900 or go to kane.utah.gov for information on accessing Kane County services. This restriction will be evaluated over the next few weeks.
The Kaneplex, Kanab Center, North Event Center, and Emergency Management Building (formerly Search and Rescue Building) will be open for events as long as the state phased guidelines can be followed and enforced by the event organizer.
The City Office is now open and also available by phone at 435-644-2534 or online at kanab.utah.gov. The police station is closed to the public. If there is an emergency call 911 or if you need to speak to an officer call 435-644-5807. The Library is planning to open with safety precautions in place by June 1.
Kanab City Baseball Fields, Skate Park, Tennis Courts, Outdoor Basketball Courts, Jacob Hamblin Park and Ranchos Park are now open with social distancing guidelines in place. Playgrounds and restroom facilities at both Jacob Hamblin Park and Ranchos Park are still closed at this time. Restroom facilities at the Baseball Fields remain closed as well.
The Swimming Pool is open. Only fifty patrons are allowed on a first come first serve basis. Restrooms are open but the dressing rooms are closed. All necessary steps are being taken to comply with state and local restrictions.
Kanab City and the County are making plans for the Fourth of July celebrations. Currently the plan is to move forward. Large gatherings may still be limited. The fireworks show is scheduled to move forward.
Orderville town office is now open and can still be accessed over the phone at (435)648-2534 or online at www.townoforderville.com.
Glendale town facilities are closed the public but can be accessed over the phone at (435)648-2341 or online at http://www.welcometoglendaleut.com/. The Glendale city park is now open.
Big Water offices and facilities remain closed but can be accessed over the phone 675-3760.
Fredonia town facilities are on a soft closure. The Library, Senior Center and Town Office are closed to the public but are available by phone or email. Payments are still processed either on-line at www.fredoniaaz.net, by phone at 928-643-7241, or by dropping payments in the night depository. Phone calls are handled in the office as well. The Marshal’s Office is closed to the public, but can be reached by phone at 928-643-7241, in the event of an emergency, please call 911. The Library continues to handle incoming calls at 928-643-7137 and the Senior Center continues to deliver meals. You can reach the Senior Center at 928-643-7278. Public Works is continuing to handle daily tasks, while maintaining social distancing requirements. There has been no and will continue to be no interruption in services provided, barring any unforeseen acts of nature or circumstances beyond control of the department. Town facilities closed include the park playground equipment, pool and restroom facilities at the park. The open spaces at the park remain open, and shall remain open as long as social distancing requirements are maintained. Care & Share continues to operate, making sure residents who are in need are receiving food. They have modified the operation to a drive-thru contactless service, however it continues to run smoothly. A more complete listing of Fredonia and other Arizona restriction click here. Arizona State restrictions remain in place.
There continues to be no reported cases of COVID-19 in Fredonia even though some Arizona state information lists them as an area with one to five cases.
Plans are in the works to open the Fredonia pool and library. The recreation office is also working to begin youth and adult sporting programs again this summer.
Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area –
Zion National Park –
Zion National Park is open for Day Use recreational access to select areas within the park. Shuttles are not operating and Kolob Canyon Area remains closed. Before visiting, you can check for updates here.
Bryce Canyon National Park –
Bryce Canyon National Park is undergoing a phased reopening with many services open. You can find more information here.
Grand Canyon –
The North Rim remains closed. There are tentative plans to open the North Rim by June 1. All river trips are suspended through June 13. You can find more information here.
Individuals are strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing guidelines and to adhere to standard safety precautions to prevent injuries while recreating on public lands.