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Utah’s New COVID-19 Transmission Index
Tuesday, October 13, Utah’s new COVID-19 Transmission Index was announced. The Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce has worked with the Weber-Morgan Health Department to provide clarification for businesses and individuals in our area.
The new index system replaces the Color-Coded Phased Guidelines and designates each county as “High,” “Moderate” and “Low” transmission index. This is in response to a record- breaking surge in cases.
The index is comprised of three measurements and can be found at www.coronavirus.utah.gov. It will be updated weekly, and released each Thursday.
- 7-day average positivity per county
- 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents per county
- Statewide occupancy of hospitalized ICU patients
A Word From the Weber-Morgan Health Department
As of 10/14/20, Weber and Morgan Counties are in the “Moderate” transmission level.
**For the next two weeks, Oct. 15 to Oct. 29, all counties in “Moderate” social gatherings will be limited to 10 or fewer people (social gatherings do not include formal religious services or events with organizational oversight). Masks are required indoors and in outdoor settings whenever 6-foot separation can’t be maintained.**
In general, mask requirements apply to all employees and patrons in the “High” level of COVID-19. In the “Moderate” level, changes will be made at the discretion of county executives in consultation with the local health officer.
What does this mean for business?
Restaurants, Bars and establishments that allow public gatherings have industry specific guidelines:
All Businesses should:
- Refer to Business Manual
- Require 6’ of distancing between household groups, unless masks are worn
- Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and encouraging physical distancing
- Offer alternative pickup options when possible (such as curbside pickups, delivery, takeout)
- Ensure ventilation systems operate properly
- Plexiglass barriers between staff and customers where feasible at cash registers and customer service counters when 6’ distancing is difficult
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect restrooms at least twice daily
- Work from home where possible (high transmission areas only)
- Sign Stay Safe to Stay Open Pledge (or a similar industry-approved pledge that increases health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19) is strongly encouraged. The public will be directed to look for certain signage and a website for those who have taken the pledge.
- As long as Weber and Morgan Counties are in moderate can operate with a 6-foot separation required in waiting areas and recommended between seated parties.
- Can operate at 75% capacity and patrons should wear a mask when mingling with other parties.
- Masks are required with exception for performers
- Required to complete the Event Template
- Establishments are expected to modify operations based on individual outbreaks at the discretion of the local health department.
- A 6-foot separation between household groups is expected in the “High” and “Moderate” transmission levels and encouraged in “Low.” Exceptions can be requested in consultation with the local health department.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Feel free to contact the Weber-Morgan Health Department with questions at 801-399-7777
If organizational oversight can be provided that ensures guidelines are followed, large-scale events can be held. Formal organizations are required to complete the following event management template to assist their efforts to plan a safe event. This document must be kept and available for inspection by the local health officer or their designee.
CHAMBER COVID-19 EVENT POLICY
The Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce has organizational oversight of its meetings and events and is in continual communication with the Weber-Morgan Health Department. As such, there are no attendance limits to Chamber-sponsored events as long as masks are worn when 6′ distancing cannot be maintained.
By way of caution, the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce is requiring that masks be worn during all meetings and events no matter the size or ability to social distance.
Individual meetings and events will be held at the discretion of Committee Chairs and Event Coordinators. Where possible, virtual attendance options will be made available. We encourage all Chamber members to make the best decisions for themselves about attendance at in-person meetings and events.
If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at 801-621-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weber Center and Chamber Office Facility Access
The Weber Center is open to the general public, but masks are required in the building.
The Weber Center can be accessed from the front door on Washington Boulevard ONLY.
The Weber Center parking structure is under construction. Parking for members is available in the Junction and on the street (along 24th Street and Washington Boulevard). We apologize for the inconvenience.