NEWS - "Utah lifts some restrictions; good news for local restaurants"

BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre – April 30, 2020


Good news from the state of Utah was announced on Tuesday, April 28. The state announced that they will be lifting a few restrictions set in place earlier to help prevent further spreading of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said during a press conference on April 24, that the state is now considered a “moderate risk” phase and no longer a “high risk” phase.

This doesn’t mean Utah is in the clear. There are restrictions and orders set by the state still in place.

For those individuals 65 years of age or older, or those with underlying health conditions, these newly lifted restrictions don’t apply to them. They must still adhere to previous “high risk” restrictions.

“We would invite you and encourage you, and really plead with you, to follow the recommendations that we’ve had in the past,” Herbert said at the April 24, press conference.

Herbert is urging all Utahns to still take precautions to help prevent further spreading of the virus.

In the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan, presented by Herbert, the following recommendations are in place:

- Wearing a face mask when out in public

- Maintain a distance of at least six feet away from others

- Limit out-of-state travel

- Limit shopping

- Continue working from home, if possible

- Avoid large gatherings or groups of individuals

- Playgrounds are open but playground equipment is still off-limits

- Churches and schools will remain closed


One of the restrictions that was lightly lifted includes large gatherings or groups of individuals. The state of Utah now restricts that group gatherings are to be less than 20 individuals. It was previously set at 10.

Find the complete Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan by clicking on the link below.

https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Governor/UtahLeads%20April2020%20v20%20(2).pdf


This was good news for restaurants that have had to temporarily shut down all dine-in options for customers. That order has been in place since March 18, 2020.

Starting Friday, May 1, restaurants in Utah can now allow customers to dine-in but must follow guidelines and restrictions set by the state. A few of those restrictions include:

- Tables and chairs must be reconfigured to maintain a six-foot distance between others.

- Employees at Utah restaurants must also have their temperatures taken prior to working and be checked for COVID-19 symptoms.

- All employees at restaurants are also required to wear a face mask.


The Bear River Health District is following the same guidelines and restrictions.

Karla Munns, co-owner of the Grille restaurant and Bear River Bowling Center in Tremonton, provided further details on their plans.

Starting Monday, May 4, the Grille will allow in-dining customers but will limit parties to no more than six individuals from the same household. Spacing issues to fit social distancing requirements will be put in place and proper signage will be displayed for booths or dining spaces not available for dining.

The Grille is still offering takeout options. Business owners are set for Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Grille will follow all guidelines and restrictions set by the state.

For more information visit the Grille’s website by clicking on the link below.

http://www.thegrillerestaurant.com/ or find them on Facebook.

The Pie Dump In Garland, is also following the same guidelines and restrictions. They will open some of their tables for dine-in on Friday, May 1. The Pie Dump is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

For more information visit the Pie Dump’s website by clicking on the link below.

https://www.thepiedump.com/home or find them on Facebook.

According to JC’s Diner’s Facebook page, in-house dining will start Saturday, May 2. There will be limited seating and they highly recommend customers make reservations.

Hours at JC’s Diner will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They will still offer a full menu for takeout customers.