For Immediate Release
April 2, 2020
Weber-Morgan Health Department Extends Public Health Order for COVID-19 Prevention
(Ogden, UT) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Weber-Morgan Health Department is extending its Public Health Order and adding provisions for businesses and recreational sites to practice enhanced social distancing throughout the health district.
“Decisions to limit activities in our vibrant communities are not made lightly,” said Brian Bennion, executive director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department. “We are asking people to take these preventive measures seriously and stay home as much as possible to help us move beyond this urgent phase.
“Many businesses, consumers and employees who were not able to maintain that 6-foot radius have asked for more direction, and so we are announcing an extension to our previous order to include new provisions to help to protect them from the COVID-19 virus.”
The new order:
- Directs all individuals to stay at home except to engage in essential activities, which includes going to work under the conditions outlined in the order.
- Matches earlier county and state public health orders regarding food service operations to offer drive-through or curbside services.
- Closes certain businesses that act as gathering places or involve close contact between people.
- Closes children’s playgrounds and prohibits team sports, including pickup games, though outdoor sport courts and fields will remain open for individual and for individuals that reside in the same household. Residents are asked to responsibly enjoy recreational amenities by always maintaining 6 feet from people outside of their household.
- Requires businesses to actively enforce social distancing practices and exclude ill employees from working; social distancing should include at least 6-feet between all people in the establishment, and workers symptomatic with respiratory illness or fever must not be present under any circumstances.
Over the past few weeks, health department staff has met with officials from both counties through online and telephone conversations to develop the new order, which was announced Thursday. It goes into effect today, April 2 at 11:59 p.m. and continues to April 16.
“This is not a shelter-in-place order and we are not shutting down most businesses,” said Weber County Commissioner Jim Harvey. “We want to keep our communities and our economy moving as much as safely possible. As your Commissioners, we spend countless hours listening to problems and looking for solutions. We know this time is extremely difficult. I am confident Weber County residents will continue to do their part so we can move through this quickly and on to a brighter day.
We are incredibly grateful to the Weber-Morgan Health Department, our first responders, and all of our health workers for their expertise and dedication.”
For more information on specific guidance and signage to use in your businesses, public spaces and homes, please see our website: www.webermorganhealth.org
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