An announcement yesterday meant to protect Southeastern Utah communities from the spread of COVID-19 has left Moab’s workforce scrambling to understand a new reality for their livelihoods. The 30-day order from the Southeast Utah Health Department closes dine-in restaurants and shuts overnight lodging facilities to visitors on vacation. The health department issued these orders as tourists continued to pour into Moab’s hotels, restaurants, and natural playgrounds despite national warnings of a global pandemic. Today on the news, we hear thoughts and reactions from people in the tourism industry.
News is constantly changing related to local preparedness and COVID-19. KZMU has a community resource page on our website updated multiple times throughout the day. It has the latest local closures and restrictions, assistance programs, as well as medical recommendations and the latest local media coverage.
Find it at kzmu.org/covid19/
‘Closure’ photos from downtown Moab, credit Josie Kovash