Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson are both calling for the state to issue statewide stay-at-home orders.
However, neither is issuing a stay-at-home order for their constituents.
Mendenhall posted a video to Twitter explaining her reasoning, saying:
Like many, I'm eager to issue a stay at home order. But as a capital city surrounded by & relied upon by others throughout Utah, our efforts are only as good as the efforts of those around us. Moving ahead with the state will be more effective. If we can't, I'm ready to act soon,
Wilson issued the following statement:
The COVID-19 pandemic is a critical and quickly evolving situation. We are fortunate that Utah is a couple weeks behind much of the nation, so we can use what is happening in other areas to inform our decision making. I believe a stay-at-home order is likely necessary to avoid overburdening our hospitals as early as April, but a decision like that is best done in coordination with the State of Utah, our neighboring counties, and our municipalities. Today I convened an excellent meeting with state leaders and hospital representatives to collect and compare data so we all can make the most informed decisions. Until we have that information, all Utahns should rigorously follow the existing guidance regarding social distancing and frequent handwashing.
A spokesperson for Governor Gary Herbert confirmed to 2News that there was active analysis and discussion of the potential for a statewide 'stay-at-home' order but no decisions had been made yet.
Currently, 22 other states have some sort of order for citizens to stay at home except for essential services.