Gov. Gary Herbert renewed the state of emergency executive order following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Utah has seen record highs in the last few days.
The previous order was set to expire Saturday. This extension will remain in effect until Oct. 20 unless Herbert, "finds the threat of danger has passed or reduced to the extent that emergency conditions no longer exist." Additionally, Herbert reserves the ability to extend the order even further if the danger does not pass.
A surge in COVID-19 cases in Utah continued Saturday with the second-highest single-day total of 1,077 cases while three deaths were also recorded. Saturday didn't break the daily record as the previous two days had done consecutively, but it was only the second time ever that cases were over, 1,000 confirmed tests in a single day. Herbert and other state leaders expressed concern for the spike.
The extension did not reference a change or amendment to statewide rules when it comes to wearing masks; it's the same as before.
Highlights from the extension of the executive order include:
- Allow those with alcohol licenses to maintain their license even if they close down for a period of time;
- Continue to add flexibility and keep restrictions minimal on telehealth;
- Continue parole hearings to be digital, not required to be in person;
- "Allow flexibility to retired employees who have not been separated from employment from a public employer for one year to return to work on COVID-19 related issues without jeopardizing their retirement benefits."
The full order can be read here.