The City of Taylorsville will provide this update as timely over the next several weeks
News & Info
The City of Taylorsville will provide periodic updates about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We will post pertinent news and information here as available in an effort to keep you informed and up to date about the city's efforts to respond and take action to slow the spread of this novel virus. It will take all of us working together, but we are Taylorsville strong and will help each other. As Mayor Kristie Overson said in her letter to the community: "We appreciate your patience and kindness to those around you during this time. We are Taylorsville; we are a community, and as we do, we will get through this together. Please stay healthy and safe."
Next Two Weeks are Critical
Gov. Gary Herbert has begun a state briefing that will take place daily as necessary. At the first one held Monday (March 30), the governor said: "The next two weeks are critical" in fighting the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. "Everyone has a role to play and we need to be engaged. Stay safe and stay home."
Gov. Herbert is encouraging all Utahns to stay home as much as they can for the next two weeks through April 13. The efforts are outlined in a state directive he has issued called "Stay Safe, Stay Home."
"I know this is an inconvenience," Gov. Herbert said. "This is very disruptive to our normal way of life. But we want everybody to recommit themselves to do what they need to do to stay home and stay safe."
Businesses must adapt, innovate and telework as much as possible, he said. Young people must also do their part, he stressed, citing statistics that 5 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are those 24 years of age and younger. "All of us are susceptible and more so in the younger populations than was probably originally believed." See more information at coronavirus.utah.gov
Bridge Loans for Small Businesses
The Utah Leads Together Small Bridge Loan program has been established to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer employees can apply to receive loans of $5,000 to $25,000 with 0 percent interest for a 60-month period, said Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED).
The state has repurposed $8 million in state economic development funds to provide the loans. Additionally, the Utah Department of Workforce Services has contributed $500,000 to the program. Loan payments will not be required for the first 12 months, and loans cannot exceed three months of demonstrated operating expenses. GOED will use at least 25 percent of the program funds to support rural Utah businesses. Businesses can apply for the loans, starting March 31 through April 3, when a new application process will open again. Hale said the loans are meant to provide a bridge until SBA funding can be accessed. The loans are open to businesses only but may expand to non-profits at a later date.
One Utah Child Care
The State of Utah has started a new child care program to help health care workers and public safety employees who must continue to work during the coronavirus crisis. Tracy Gruber, director of the Utah Office of Child Care, detailed the program during the governor's briefing on Monday (March 30). Essential workers with young children can find information and register at jobs.ut.gov for free child care, she said. Ten child-care providers will be online as soon as Wednesday (April 1), with more coming in the next few weeks. Child care will be available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to cover hours that schools are no longer open due to gathering and social distancing restrictions through May 1. Child care providers will engage with distance learning now taught through Utah schools. The program will remain in place for as long as schools are closed. The state also will provide a list of caregivers willing to work in people’s homes after hours.
Individuals needing child care who are working but do not fall under the category of essential employees are encouraged to seek care from friends, families and other contacts in the community during this time. If unable to obtain care through any of these types of arrangements, please visit the Department of Workforce Service's careaboutchildcare.org or call 1-800-670-1552.
Salt Lake County Order
The Salt Lake County Health Department has issued a new public order in complement of the governor's directive to Stay Safe, Stay Home. It, too, directs all individuals to stay at home except to engage in essential activities. Both remain in effect through April 13.
The order by Salt Lake County formally closes certain businesses that act as gathering places, as well as children's playgrounds. It also defines essential businesses that should do their best to comply with social distancing recommendations but due to the nature of their operations may be unable to fully comply and are therefore exempt from order enforcement.
Taylorsville City Hall will remain open to provide essential government services.
State law requires penalties for violating a local public health order. While penalties outlined by state code classify the offense as a misdemeanor (class B for the initial offense, class A for repeat offenses), Salt Lake County has asked local municipalities to enforce the public health order initially via warnings rather than citations. Repeat or egregious offenders may be cited and charged.
State Order Extending Rents Due
Gov. Herbert has issued an executive order suspending certain eviction related provisions. The order declares that a residential tenant may not be evicted through May 15 if the tenant was current on rent as of March 31, 2020 and meets one of the following criteria: a) has suffered a loss of wages due to COVID-19, b) is in self-isolation of quarantine in compliance with an order, or c) has tested positive for COVID-19. The governor emphasized that the order does not create or order rent forgiveness. It is designed to help provide a window of leniency, not to release individuals from rental agreements.
View the full order here.
Special Legislative Session
Gov. Herbert says he will call lawmakers into a special session by the end of April so they can address the fiscal effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Utah’s two rainy-day funds have more than $800 million between the two of them that lawmakers can tap in case of an emergency. However, that money is only available to shore up the budget one time, according to an article by Utah Policy. Lawmakers approved a rule change at the end of the 2020 session allowing for remote meetings of the Legislature during an emergency. It’s not yet clear how lawmakers will address the technical requirements for convening all 104 lawmakers remotely.
School Dismissal Extended to May 1
The State of Utah announced that the dismissal of public K-12 schools will extend until May 1. Distance learning and meal services will continue through the extended dismissal.
“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” Gov. Gary Herbert said. “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”
School employees providing distance learning will be limited at school buildings, following the governor’s and CDC’s guidelines to avoid gatherings of groups of 10 or more. Teachers are being, and will continue to be, encouraged to telecommute when possible.
Continue to Practice Social Distancing
State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn has written a letter to Utah business owners explaining how to make sure employees and customers remain safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. She writes that "Utahns need your help to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus through encouraging 'social distancing' in the workplace. Social distancing means to stay away from others as much as possible, whether you are sick or not."
In keeping with these measures, dine-in seating at restaurants in Salt Lake County has been prohibited; takeout, curbside, pickup, drive-thru, delivery (including by third-party services), and mobile food (trucks/carts) are allowed with some modifications.
Limits to All Gatherings
Gov. Herbert said there should be no gatherings at all, of any size in the state of Utah. In his directive to Stay Safe, Stay Home, he said there should be no gatherings of any number of people excluding immediate family members. The Utah Health Department has limited gatherings of more than 10 people following the March 16 White House recommendation to avoid any social event or gathering of the same number.
The Centers for Disease Control also recommended that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. See more from the CDC here.
Taylorsville Issues Emergency Declaration
Mayor Overson has signed a proclamation declaring a state of local emergency and invoking emergency powers. The declaration is necessary as a precursor to access federal funding and aid should the need arise. The declaration by the city follows similar proclamations by Gov. Herbert and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson on March 6. All cities and townships in Salt Lake County have now made declarations. The proclamation by the City of Taylorsville takes effect immediately and will remain in place for 30 days. According to the proclamation, "The City is authorized to request all assistance available to the City of Taylorsville pursuant to the laws of the United States, State of Utah and Salt Lake County, and to activate all applicable mutual aid agreements."
Closures and Cancellations
Salt Lake County has closed its senior centers, libraries and recreation centers, effective March 13, and until further notice. This includes the Taylorsville Senior Center, Taylorsville Library and Taylorsville Recreation Center. The closures are being taken as a precautionary measure to prevent potential spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has announced that it will not hold meetings until further notice. That includes the cancellation of Sunday services and midweek activities.
City events that have been canceled or postponed include:
- The 2020 Taylorsville Art Show (originally scheduled for April 10 and 11) has been canceled. It will be rescheduled this fall.
- The Taylorsville Arts Council's production of Peter Pan Jr. (originally scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6) has been rescheduled to September. Details to come.
- The Annual Earth Day Clean-up (originally scheduled for April 25) has been canceled.
The Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center also has closed, effective March 17 through April 22. Additional closures include:
- The Millrace Dog Park
- All park playgrounds
- The Taylorsville Skate Park
Taylorsville City Council Meeting
The April 15 City Council meeting will be held but Council Members will likely be participating remotely. If there is a group in attendance at City Hall, another room will be opened so that the public can participate while minimizing contact. You may also access the meeting via live-stream. If you wish to comment, please submit this comment form to the City Council via email only at email@example.com at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting at 6:30 p.m. As always, meeting agendas are posted online here.