Officials: Report lodging violations to the travel council

Travel council will forward complaints to law enforcement in cases of noncompliance

The Moab Area Travel Council, headed by Executive Director Elaine Gizler, has taken the lead in the countywide effort to enforce the Southeast Utah Health Department’s March 17 health order to close all lodgings — including campgrounds, overnight rentals and hotels — to visitors. Residents may fill out a complaint form on the Do It Like a Local website.

Sparse layoff numbers paint dire picture for Moab workers

Hundreds, possibly thousands of locals laid off in span of two weeks

The recent halt in economic activity in Moab has likely resulted in a drastic drop in sales compared to this time last year as well as significant numbers of layoffs. A recent order that hotels close to visitors has also driven the transient room tax to virtually zero, according to Grand County Council Administrator Chris Baird, leaving city and county coffers much drier than they had been before.

State plan targets mid-May, early June for lifting ‘urgent’ restrictions

A plan released by Utah’s Economic Response Task Force Tuesday, March 25 outlines a path to recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that would maintain Utah in its current “urgent phase” of response — a period of “significant travel restrictions,” limitations on gatherings larger than 10 people, “significant K-12 school disruptions,” and other “urgent public health practices” — until between mid-May and early June.