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Summit County restaurants say take out only to avoid virus spread

Health officials in Summit County say a spike in COVID-19 cases are linked to a party earlier this month. (Photo: Summit County Health Department)

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — The Summit County Health Department announced all restaurants within the county must operate “curbside delivery only.” The health department will begin issuing formal notices with these changes Sunday, March 15.

This means restaurants cannot offer inside dining and guests can only call to place orders. Payments must also be completed over the phone, as in-person payments will not be allowed.

 

In addition, third-party delivery services such as Uber Eats and Door Dash will be prohibited.

Once these notices are issued, Summit County restaurants will be given 48 hours to comply.

This comes after four cases have been confirmed in the county, as well as the first community-spread case in the state.

Summit County Health Officer Dr. Rich Bullough said, “We can’t emphasize enough the priority to still make food available. Curbside take-out or drive-thru food service is permitted, but third-party food delivery services are prohibited. Following these orders will contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 cases in our community.”

Additionally, the Park City Transit system will move to Spring service levels, and no new special event permits will be issued.

Although the order expires on April 16, 2020, which is 30 days after the effective date of March 17, 2020, Summit County Health Officer will re-evaluate this order in fourteen days after the date of expiration.

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. 

Resources for more information: 

LOCAL: 

State of Utah:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ 

Utah State Board of Education 

Utah Hospital Association 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707 

National Links 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization 

Cases in the United States