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Dear Residents of Cottonwood Heights,

Following the March 12 announcement and recommendation from Governor Gary R. Herbert, we want to reassure you that Cottonwood Heights has emergency management policies and procedures in place to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The City Administrative Staff and Council Members are prepared to take necessary actions towards maintaining daily operations with priority on public safety.

As the events of the next few weeks unfold, we want to emphasize that we do not anticipate any interruption of city services, although some might need to be altered in the way we provide them. Cottonwood Heights Police and Unified Fire have always kept public safety as their top priority, and that will never change. Our Police department will continue to be proactive in responding to calls and addressing the needs of our residents.

We highly encourage you to work with us via email or telephone. Our staff is available via email and telephone during business hours and our police department is on duty 24 hours a day. If you feel that you need to meet in person, we encourage precautionary measures such as keeping a safe distance of at least six feet from others.

We ask that each of our residents and visitors respect our efforts and follow the hygiene recommendations listed below to combat this and many other viral threats. It is of paramount importance that citizens be educated and proactive in measures that can slow the spread of COVID19 in our community. Key public prevention measures include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home

We recommend and encourage residents to opt out of attending large mass gatherings. As a city we have made the determination to postpone mass gatherings and most public functions. We additionally encourage residents to practice social distancing to reduce the potential spreading of the virus.

It is critically important that residents use 911 for emergencies only. If you develop a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing and have traveled recently with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19, you should consult traveler’s guidance information from the Centers for Disease (CDC). This content is regularly monitored and updated. As always, you should consult your primary care provider or local clinic directly with questions regarding your own health.

If you have questions about COVID-19 the Utah Department of Health has established a hotline at 1-800-456-7707 and has information on their website Additionally, the experts at the Salt Lake County Health Department have asked that community members reference for information.

We can assure you that we will continue to respond to your emergencies and will conduct daily operations for our residents and businesses.


Cottonwood Heights City is committed to the community and response during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Respectfully yours,

Mike Peterson

Mayor Mike Peterson



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Post Date:03/16/2020

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All city functions to continue under limited operational hours at City Hall 

Cottonwood Heights officials today declared a state of emergency within the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, like other cities in Salt Lake County. In addition, the city has limited its operational hours to reduce possible exposure to employees and visitors alike and cancelled the City Council meeting which was scheduled for March 17th.

“Effective Tuesday (3/17) we will limit our operational hours here at City Hall,” said City Manager Tim Tingey.

“We will also issue a declaration of a state of local emergency that allows a municipality to access state and federal emergency funding and assistance, as well as authorize the invocation of rules and actions reasonably designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare, including ingress/egress restrictions, curfew, and other preventative or ameliorative actions,” he continued.

“While there currently are no plans to use all those powers (such as curfew), we feel this declaration is necessary to assure that the city is quickly able to do all it can to mitigate the potential impacts and spread of the coronavirus. The health and safety of our residents, employees, and patrons is paramount. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will reevaluate our decision as the situation evolves.”

In addition to the cancellation of the March 17th meeting, Mayor Mike Peterson and Tingey made the decision to reduce the frequency of City Council meetings to once a month and through virtual means until this situation is resolved.

“We will cease to hold public meetings in our city hall during this crisis,” added Mayor Peterson. “Teleconferencing will be the norm as we move into this stage, and we will provide more dates and details to the public as they become available.”

Effective 3/17, Cottonwood Heights City Hall hours will be the following:

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesdays: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • CLOSED Tuesdays and Thursdays

All essential city functions will continue to operate, and city employees will be available. Patrons are encouraged to make appointments to meet at City Hall and use electronic and virtual means whenever possible. Police and Fire personnel will continue to be available 24 hours a day and will respond to all calls. Public Works staff will continue to respond to right-of-way emergencies immediately, and snow removal will continue under current city policies and procedures.


Cottonwood Heights Declaration 2020-01 - Declaration of Local Emergency by its City Manager, Tim Tingey

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