UTAH LEADS TOGETHER
Utah Leads Together is Governor Herbert’s comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19. The plan outlines the path to recovery and identifies tools to gauge success in reopening Utah’s economy. The report and economic playbook include recommendations from dozens of Utah state and industry leaders.
The plan conveys three phases of response: urgent, stabilization, and recovery. These phases help businesses correctly balance the health of employees with planning imperatives necessary for continuing operations.
Utah Leads Together 2.0
The second version of Utah Leads Together was released April 17, 2020. This version of the plan builds on the first version by recommending actions Utah businesses and citizens can take during each of the response phases and introduces new data tools that will help in the transition between those phases.
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Economic recovery is not like flipping a switch, it's more like moving a dial. The color-coded health guidance system developed by the task force will guide Utahns as we make adjustments to open businesses, but still keep our most at risk populations safe.
Guidelines for each phase of the dial can be found in the Color-coded Guidelines document of the plan.
Regardless of the level, Utahns are asked to adhere to these rules of conduct:
1. Common Sense and Personal Responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Residents and businesses must take personal responsibility to be informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support economic reactivation.
2. Protective Hygiene and Cleaning – Utahns must practice protective hygiene and cleaning regimens to minimize the risk of the virus. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as feasible
- Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects.
- Cover coughs or sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands
- Clean high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.) regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Refrain from hand shaking
3. Follow Guidance – Public health and economic opportunity are intrinsically linked. Utahs must strictly follow the health guidance of each color or risk backtracking and causing greater economic harm.
4. High-risk Populations – High-risk populations and those around them must follow a specific set of instructions issued by the Utah Department of Health.
On March 24, 2020, Gov. Herbert released the first version of Utah Leads Together, a comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19.
The Utah Leads Together economic response plan recognizes the value of facing uncertainty with a dynamic, data-informed, and unified plan. It gives structure and order, to what can otherwise be an unclear and difficult reality.
The plan introduced three phases of response: urgent, stabilization, and recovery. These phases were meant to help businesses correctly balance the health of employees with planning imperatives necessary for continuing operations. You can read the whole plan and a summary of the first phase.
The time estimates of the phases gave businesses the ability to set concrete objectives during a period of uncertainty. The time horizons gave employees of those businesses confidence that a return to business was coming.
Stability from directionally correct plans forms the basis of our economic recovery.