What Summit County's stay-at-home order means for residents and potential visitors

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Summit County is asking for people to stay home. (Photo: KUTV)

Up Parley's Canyon from Salt Lake, Summit County is asking for people to stay home.

And if you don’t live or have to be there, they’re also asking you to leave. Wednesday, Summit County issued a stay at home order.

Health leaders say they made the decision because the per capita rate of positive cases rivals the worst hit areas like Italy and New York City.

“I’ve lived here 24 years and his is as quiet as I've seen it,” says Bart Baker, who is currently an unemployed bartender in Park City.

Barker says the quicker this is over the quicker he can return to making money, adding, “I think we need to do it at least for a couple weeks, I mean, until May 1st, it's not a bad idea.”

Summit County Health Director Dr. Rich Bullough says essential services can operate. Businesses like healthcare, curb side and delivery food, banks, farming, grocery, hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, auto repair, post offices, and essential transportation.

“We've taken this step and issued this order largely to protect our healthcare system,” Dr. Bullough says.

People can still go for walks or hikes, but Dr. Bullough asks people do it at a safe distance.

“We're a place where people gather and one of the messages that we want to get out is to not gather here.”

Violating the order can be a crime punishable by a class B misdemeanor.

The Summit County Sheriff says the office will use enforcement discretion on enforcement on a case-by-case basis.

“We felt it though that it was important to leave the ability for prosecution in in the case of egregious and aggressive acts,” Bullough says.

The order begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and is in place until May 1. It will be re-evaluated in two weeks and could be ended or extended.

County leaders expect questions from the public since this is the first county in Utah to issue such an order. They’ve set up a community concerns line for anyone with questions at 435-333-0050.

You can view the full order here.