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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Draper City Declares a State of Emergency due to COVID-19

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Draper City Declares a State of Emergency due to COVID-19

Declaration seeks to mitigate the virus’ spread in order to protect vulnerable populations

Per the recommendations today from the Utah COVID-19 Task Force to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Draper City has taken a precautionary, preventative measure by declaring a State of Emergency. The proactive move is intended to protect vulnerable populations such as elderly individuals and those with underlying health conditions.

“We ask that the public remain calm. The health and well-being of all our residents is our number one priority,” said Draper City Mayor Troy Walker. “We have not yet seen community transfer in Utah, and It is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Draper. Getting ahead of this disease through the appropriate mitigation measures is the best way to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

On March 6, Governor Herbert and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency. The executive order is part of Utah’s preparedness plan and came at the unanimous recommendation of the Utah COVID-19 Task Force. Cities that declare a local emergency are permitted under state law to take additional measures they may deem necessary.

As a result of the emergency declaration Draper City will take the following precautionary measures:

  • City Hall will stay open. City staffing may be limited.
  • The Passport Office will be open by appointment only and may be subject to closure without further notice.  
  • All public meetings will be postponed indefinitely. This includes upcoming planning commission, city council, and other public meetings.

City officials emphasize that these measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The local emergency declaration ensures our first responders are well-equipped to continue to provide the same basic services to the community.

“We are here for our residents and will ensure that all essential city services continue uninterrupted. This includes the water, utilities, police and fire,” said Walker. “We have a responsibility to protect our residents and flatten the curve of exposure. We are working very closely with state and county health officials to coordinate our response and to efficiently use our resources."

Below are the Proclamations of Local Emergency

Mayor’s Exercise of Emergency Power

Emergency Interim Succession

Public Gatherings

City Council Meeting Rules

Declaration of Emergency
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