GOVERNMENT

Governor announces travel restrictions into Utah

Apr 8, 2020, 2:46 PM | Updated: 6:03 pm
Utah travel restrictions...

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced an order that affects adults who are entering the state of Utah via roadways and airways.

At the daily news briefing from Utah officials on the COVID-19 pandemic and Utah’s measures to combat the virus, Gov. Herbert said the state has issued an order requiring every individual over age 18, who enters Utah as their final destination, to complete a travel declaration form before they exit the airport.

Herbert said they hope to have this order in place by Friday, April 10th, ahead of the Easter weekend.

Carlos Braceras, director of the Utah Department of Transportation, stated the department has “geo-fenced” nine ports of entry around the state.  They include…

  • I-15 at the Idaho and Arizona borders
  • I-80 at Nevada and Wyoming borders
  • I-84 from Idaho
  • I-70 from Colorado
  • U.S. Highway 491 near Monticello
  • U.S. Highway 89 by Kanab

A text message will be sent to travelers when they cross a selected point of entry.

Governor Herbert says the travel declaration will ask travelers if they have been tested by COVID-19, particularly in the last 14 days, and what the test results were.

The declaration will also ask if the traveler is currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, or fever.

The traveler will be asked to detail where they have traveled before they came to Utah, to help stop and slow down the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

In some instances, the state will ask the traveler to be tested and/or self-quarantine.

At this time, the travel declaration is not applicable to the St. George airport and the state does not plan to track down people who refuse to complete the form.

CHANGES AT THE AIRPORT

While drivers coming into the state will get a text message alerting them to complete their declaration, things will look different inside Salt Lake International Airport.  There, workers will deliver cards to people that have QR codes, leading them to the online form.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall says there have been many questions about how this pandemic will harm the airline industry.  However, she believes this isn’t like the attacks on 9/11, where safety officials could quickly add new security measures to keep people safe.

“We won’t see that kind of quick response as people who may be carrying the virus may not even know it, yet,” Mendenhall says.

She also says UDOT will be bringing in new no-touch sensors that can monitor the temperatures of everyone arriving into the airport.  This will give them a better idea of who may be infected.

“They have not arrived, yet.  So, we’re not yet able to do that,” she says.

Today’s Top Stories

Government

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson wants his old job back. ...
Mark Jones

Rocky Anderson announces bid to run for SLC mayor in 2023

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson announced Wednesday that he is seeking reelection to get his old job back.
1 day ago
Former Vice President Mike Pence is seen here with audience members after appearing at at CNN town ...
Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ for dinner with Holocaust denier

Former Vice President Mike Pence says former President Donald Trump was wrong for having dinner with a Holocaust denier and should apologize for it.
2 days ago
FILE - A Montana man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the Capitol riot. (AP P...
The Associated Press

Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

A Montana man will spend three years in federal prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S Capitol.
6 days ago
Dozens of residents were displaced after fire at a low income apartment complex in Richfield, Utah....
Mark Jones

American Red Cross of Utah seeks volunteers in central Utah

The American Red Cross of Utah is seeking volunteers in central Utah after a fire in Richfield earlier this week displaced 35 families.
6 days ago
On Thanksgiving Day, Crave Cookies donated to the Utah County Jail and The Salvation Army hosted me...
Waverly Golden

Thanksgiving Day donations and volunteering

On Thanksgiving Day, Crave Cookies donated to the Utah County Jail and The Salvation Army hosted meal preparation and delivery to Utah families.
6 days ago
Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin Candy Bomber, poses for a photo in the backyard of his Provo home days b...
Waverly Golden

Utahn helps non-profit with modern day “Candy Bomber” operation

In memory of "The Candy Bomber," a fundraiser hopes to supply Christmas presents to refugee children in Berlin and Ukraine.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Governor announces travel restrictions into Utah