SALT LAKE CITY –Everything from schools to churches and shopping centers to sporting events are closed or canceled, while Utah state officials work to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The changes came throughout the day on Thursday after Governor Gary Herbert announced a number of preemptive public health measures aimed at COVID-19.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
All meetings, activities, and public gatherings of church members have been temporarily suspended until further notice. Leaders have been encouraged to use technology to conduct meetings and individual congregations have been asked to decide how best to make the church’s sacrament available to members at least once a month.
The K2 Church in Murray which attracts about 1,000 members every week says they will be streaming services on Facebook Live. They have also canceled all midweek meetings for adults and youth for at least two weeks.
The church has announced that all of its meetings and activities scheduled for the weekend of March 14 and 15 are canceled. Pastor Oscar T. Moses says that they will broadcast their sermons and provide additional announcements on the church’s YouTube channel on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Bishop Oscar A. Solis announced they will be suspending all public celebration of worship including Sunday and weekday Holy Masses from March 14-March 31 or until further notice. All Catholic school facilities iwll also close. Any instruction will occur remotely through technology.
The church announced it will not hold weekend services through the end of the month. Sermons will be available on the church’s website and the staff is working on other small group opportunities for worship.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
Alpine School District
Alpine School District will operate on an altered schedule Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17. A full list of changes to the schedule can be found here.
Murray School District
The Murray City School District announced that it will be closing all of its schools (K-12) out of an abundance of caution until further notice. This came after district officials were made aware of a “potential direct contact exposure to COVID-19.”
All campuses will close on Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 12. Instruction will shift to remote learning starting on Tuesday, March 17.
Mt. Vernon Academy in Murray
Effective beginning Monday 3/16/20 for two weeks.
Intermountain Christian School
The Cottonwood Heights school has announced they will begin online instruction beginning Tuesday, March 17, and they will suspend all activities on campus throughout spring break.
Brigham Young University
BYU has canceled classes on March 13, 16 and 17. They will begin online courses on March 18. Testing centers will be limited to 100 students at a time. BYU has also graduation-related activities this spring will be canceled. Additionally, all sporting events will be closed to the public.
Salt Lake Community College
SLCC will move all courses to online-only beginning on March 23 through the end of their semester on May 7.
Southern Utah University
SUU will move all classes to online instruction starting on March 23 through April 23. The University will remain open however.
University of Utah
The U of U will shift to all-online instruction beginning March 18 for the rest of the spring semester.
Utah State University
USU will move all courses online beginning March 18 and have canceled classes on from March 13-17. All campus activities are canceled.
Weber State University
Weber State is suspending classes from March 13-17 to allow staff time to prepare for online teaching. The school says that they will move all classes online beginning on March 18th for the rest of the semester. All other events will be canceled until March 30th.
The college will extend spring break for an extra week. After that, classes will be offered online for the rest of the semester.
Utah High School Activities Association
The UHSAA announced it will be suspending the State Debate Tournament and suspending statewide activities beginning Monday, March 16.
Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The statewide Utah Regional Braille Challenge has been canceled.
Government and Public Facilities
Utah Democratic Party
The Utah Democratic Pary announced that it will be restructuring its upcoming state convention. They say they are unable to release details at this time as to what changes will be made, but that all in-person events originally scheduled for April 24 and April 25 will be canceled.
American Fork Mayor Brad Frost has announced that the Senior Center, Library and American Fork Fitness Center will be closed effective March, 13. They are planning to extend the end dates for current programs and passes. Recreation programs will also be postponed and extended.
Clearfield City is asking residents to try and perform any city business they may have by phone before coming in noting they can be reached at 801-525-2700. Both City Hall and the Aquatic and Fitness Center will remain open. The Art Center will be closed.
All essential city services will continue uninterrupted including police, fire, water, and utilities. The city has canceled all public city meetings and closed its passport and police records offices. The
Lehi City will be closing all public programs including the Lehi Library, Lehi Literacy Center, Senior Center, Legacy Center, Youth Community Classes, Sports Programming and Dance Programming
Murray City is closing its senior center, recreation center, library and museum. All recreation and cultural arts programs have also been canceled until further notice.
Ogden City is temporarily suspending recreation programming as well as closing the Marshall White Center, Golden Hours Senior Center and Union Station Museums.
Orem City has completely closed the Library, Senior Center and Fitness Center, as well as all city events and sporting programs.
Provo City has canceled all city-sponsored performances at the Covey Center as well as city-sponsored group activities at the Provo Library. The Provo City Senior Center has also been closed.
Salt Lake County
Effective Friday, March, 13 the county has closed all libraries, senior centers, recreation centers, arts and cultural facilities, the equestrian park and the Clark Planetarium and Discovery Center among others. A full list of closures can be found on the county’s website.
Syracuse City has canceled all Senior Activities, practices for Junior Jazz, Spring Soccer and Pickleball games and practices. They have also closed the Syracuse Museum, Justice and Youth Court, and Planning Commission meetings.
Concerts, Theater, Arts
Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theater and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
All performances from March 12-31 will be canceled. Salt Lake County Arts says they are in the process of determining rescheduling or ticket exchanges/refunds.
The theater has canceled all three nights of sold-out shows for the band, Moe. They also announced the cancellation of “Newsies: The Musical.” Refunds will be offered for both shows.
Hale Centre Theatre
Hale Centre Theatre will be suspending performances until March 30th. The theater says they will be in contact with those who purchased tickets to reschedule a time for them to come to a future performance.
Park City Institute
Park City Institute canceled both “Saints and Sinners” scheduled for March 14 and “An Evening with T Bone Burnett” on March 21. They hope to reschedule both.
Pioneer Theatre Company
Their performance of The Messenger will proceed as scheduled on March 13-14. All performances from March 27-April 11 have been canceled. The company says that ticket holders can exchange their tickets for future performances or donate them to the company to support the artists.
Salt Lake Acting Company
“Four Women Talking About the Man Under the Sheet,” has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Ticket holders will be contacted.
Utah Film Center
The Utah Film Center Board of Directors has canceled all public and school programs at all their venues through April 19. Events will be rescheduled.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
The UMOCA will be closed until March 27 and postponing public programming through April 17.
Alta announced that they will be suspending operations starting on Sunday, March 15.
Brighton will be suspending operations effective Sunday, March 15 until further notice. They say that they are looking forward to re-opening at the earliest oportunity
Cherry Peak has suspended operations as of Monday, March 16th. They say they will re-open when public health officials give them clearance.
Alterra Mountain Company, the owner of Deer Valley Resort say they are suspending all operations of their 15 North American ski resorts until further notice. Lift operations, food service and retail and rental services will be closed. Avalanche control work will continue as necessary to protect ski area assets.
Eagle Point Resort
Eagle Point Resort announced that they will end their winter season on Saturday, March 14.
Snowbird announced that they will be closing all mountain operations including lift operations, ski school, dining outlets, retail and rental services.
Alterra Mountain Company, the owner of Solitude Mountain Resort Resort say they are suspending all operations of their 15 North American ski resorts until further notice.
Sundance has ceased all operations effective Monday, March 16. All lift operations, ski school, food and beverage, rentals and activities. Lodging and limited F&B options will temporarily remain open for those guests currently lodging at Sundance Mountain Resort.
Park City Mountian Resort
The parent company of Park City Mountain Resort announced that they will cease operations on all of their North American resorts on Sunday, March 22.
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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus
COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
- If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
- Get a flu shot.
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