Department of Health Orders Mandatory Limits on Moab Bar and Restaurant Service | New

Update: These guidelines were replaced on March 17th. > Read more here

Many Grand County businesses will have to limit their customers and gathering places after a declaration of a local state of emergency was announced as well as an order from the Southeast Utah Department of Health on the 16th. March to fight the spread of COVID-19, a coronavirus that is spreading around the globe.

The order, co-signed by Bradon C. Bradford and Orion Rogers, head of the COVID-19 regional task force, directs that restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and theaters must limit the number of customers to 50% of the capacity of the fire code, organize customers in such a way as to maximize social distancing and achieve a distance of 6 feet between groups of customers.

Counter-service restaurants are limited to providing take-out or drive-through service only. > Check out our updated list of regional closings, cancellations and policy changes here.

Under the ordinance, live musical events in bars are prohibited and breakfasts at the hotel are limited to one-time items.

The decree of the health department will remain in effect for two weeks. The ordinance notes that guidelines for public gatherings may become “more restrictive up to and including the closure of all indoor gathering places depending on the progression of the disease in our community.”

> Read the order here.

Some businesses have already made the decision to only serve take-out or even shut down altogether.

Alex Borichevsky, owner / operator of Moab 98 Center and Sabaku Sushi restaurants, spoke to the Moab Sun News on March 16.

“We made the difficult decision yesterday morning to close our doors at Sabaku Sushi,” Borichevsky said, citing concerns about the health of his staff and the public.

He said Center 98 would always offer take-out food and that, like many restaurateurs in Moab, he has been in contact with the local health department – including attending an emergency meeting for restaurateurs called. by the health department on March 15 – on how to manage the health risks associated with COVID-19.

“He (Director of Environmental Health Orion Rogers) has the power to shut us all down. He wants to work with us to decide what we can do to solve this problem, ”he said.

Borichevsky said keeping the 98 center open allows him to keep the staff employed and feed some of the tourists, which he said are positive things – though he also expressed unease at the influx of visitors and the possibility that this could lead to coronavirus cases in Moab. .

Borichevsky said he has read about the effects of COVID-19 infections in other countries, including Italy, where coronavirus cases are widely reported to have overwhelmed the healthcare system.

“I don’t want that to happen here,” he said.

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