Summer Transitioning through COVID-19 Challenges
Summer Transitioning through COVID-19 Challenges
By Cottonwood Heights Administrative Staff
Summer is here and sun is out. This year the beginning of the summer season has a different feel than what we are used to. In normal years, we might take this time to plan a trip, or lounge by the pool. This summer we are focused on re-integrating our economy and maintaining our safety as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Governor Gary Herbert announced our shift into the low risk (yellow) phase of the Utah Leads Together Plan. This change has allowed many businesses to open their doors and increased the number of people allowed at public gatherings from 20 to 50. As city staff and officials, , we want to continue to emphasize the importance of taking precautionary measures as we all return to our daily lives. We strongly encourage social distancing and the use of masks whenever possible.
The following information includes operational adjustments we are making to align with the state's Utah Leads Together Plan. we are taking extra precautions while encouraging our residents to do follow suit while enjoying the ability to shop and recreate responsibly. On May20th, Governor Herbert released the third iteration of the Utah Leads Together Plan which continues the efforts of Utahns to combat the pandemic. This version offers special instruction to at risk individuals, impacts to minority communities, and cultivating economic recovery.
The pandemic has impacted the Utah economy in tremendous ways. The Governor’s office estimates that over 100,000 Utahns are either out of work or had their income significantly reduced during this crisis. Here in Cottonwood Heights we are addressing this impact, while also adjusting to a new economic reality. The Governor believes Utah also has the potential to, as the Economic Response Task Force calls it, “recover to better.” This includes a flourishing economy that provides expansive opportunities for all Utahns. We believe this is true in Cottonwood Heights. We have a strong infrastructure and many businesses that provide incredible services. We have information available on our website and our “Shop Safe Shop Local “initiative offers a great list of resources and services in Cottonwood Heights. Our business spotlight and restaurant guides are updated early and often. We encourage all to visit and take full advantage, both as business owners to market your services and as patrons wishing to take advantage.
At City Hall, we maintained our city services throughout the pandemic, however our office hours of operation were adjusted due to the risk of spread of COVID-19. During the last week of May, we restored our office hours to our previous schedule of Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm but are doing this with social distancing measures in place. We encourage customers to continue to use our electronic services, and anyone who is experiencing symptoms of being sick should stay home.
Our staff will wear masks when interacting with the public and we ask that patrons maintain distances of six feet and practice proper hygiene and handwashing techniques. We strongly encourage payment of any charges via credit card; payment by cash should be the last resort. Our staff will have gloves and sanitizer and will ensure all surfaces are cleaned and sanitized with disinfectant regularly.
To get through this pandemic and re-engage our economy, there are tremendous responsibilities we must adhere to. These responsibilities includes adhering to directives and continue to social distance and follow all precautionary guidelines. Additionally, practicing proper distancing and hygiene, along with the use of face masks, is an important step to a more normalized life.
We must also follow healthy habits. The following steps are proven to help immune systems and promote a better quality of life.
•Get appropriate sleep;
•Stay physically active;
•Drink plenty of fluids;
•Stay home if you are ill;
•Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly scrub with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds;
•Avoid close contact with ill people;
•Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow; do not cough or sneeze into your hands;
•A void touching your eyes, nose, or mouth;
•A void sharing food and personal items; and
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have questions or comments about city operations, please contact the city at 801-944-7000, or visit our website at www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. If you would like more information about the Utah Leads Together plan please visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-leads-together/#3.0
This pandemic will pass. In the meantime, let’s keep striving to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.