Gov. Herbert cracks down on nonessential travel, implements declaration form for those entering the state

Coronavirus Updates

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- With Easter weekend approaching Governor Herbert is calling on Utahns to stay in the region they live in and to only travel when it’s essential.

During a press conference on Wednesday, the governor said essential travel includes grocery shopping, purchasing food, access to emergency services or travel to get gasoline or supplies needed to work from home or maintain a safe and clean home, business or vehicle. It also includes travel to work.

“You can take your child to daycare, or your pet to the veterinarian. You can also engage in safe, local recreational and outdoor activities, as long as you maintain proper social distancing,” the governor said.

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In addition, the governor is issuing an order this week in advance of Easter weekend requiring all individuals who are 18 years or older to complete a COVID-19 travel declaration form when entering our state. This will also be required at the airport, and on roadways.

“This travel declaration will ask travelers if they’ve been tested for COVDI-19, particularly in the last 14 days and what the test results are. It will ask if they are currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath or fever, and details of where they have traveled before they came to Utah,” said Governor Gary Herbert, (R) Utah.

“This will help us stop and slow down the spread of the coronavirus as we find people who come to our area that may in fact be carrying the virus,” he added.

Road travelers will receive a text alert upon entering the state and people who land at Salt Lake International Airport will receive an information card. Both the text alert and information card will direct people to Entry.Utah.Gov, where they will be asked to fill out the declaration.

The governor said federal money will help us pay the bill of these “extraordinary measures we are implementing to slow the spread.”

What to Expect at Your Local State Park:
• State park rangers and gate staff will be verifying the residency of park visitors.
Out-of-county residents will be turned away.
• We are partnering with our sister agency, the Utah Division of Wildlife
Resources, to increase staffing and enforcement presence at our busier parks.
• Parks have posted notices on their individual websites, social media accounts,
and at park entrances.
• We are working on placing portable variable message signs at the entrances of
some highly-visited state parks. Staff is also patrolling high traffic areas to
encourage responsible recreation and social distancing practices.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

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