Directive is ‘not to be confused with a shelter-in-place order’
On Friday, Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert issued an order to Utah residents to “stay home, stay safe,” directing individuals to “limit travel only to essential travel,” to “stay at home as much as possible,” and to “work from home whenever possible,” among other restrictions.
Herbert said the order is “not to be confused with a shelter-in-place order.” During the announcement of the order, he said the “stay home, stay safe” title was “a better way to phrase it,” compared to stay-at-home or shelter-in-place.
Herbert said the state is also trying to emphasize what residents can do versus what they can’t.
The directive exempts “individuals without a home,” although it also dictates that individuals experiencing homelessness “may be abated to maintain public health,” in accordance with local health department regulations.
“Law-abiding residents of encampents under ten people should not be subject to disbandment by state or local government,” the order reads. “However, individuals experiencing homelessness may be abated to maintain public health as per local health departments.”
The Southeast Utah Health Department responded to the order shortly after it was announced, saying that there was flexibility in the mandate to allow local health and municipal officials to address issues unique to their communities.
“Until we have had some time to work through this new directive and to work with our elected leaders to determine how if affects Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties, the original Public Health Order issued on March 17th, 2020 will remain in place,” said Brittany Garff, a spokesperson for the local health department.
Details on the March 17 order from the local health department may be found here.