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COVID-19 UPDATE (05/16/2020)

Moving the dial to Yellow

Most of Utah, including Emigration Canyon Township, will move to a “yellow” risk category effective at 12:01 AM on Saturday, May 16th.


For a brief description of the “yellow” risk category see this link.


For more detailed description of precautions for individuals, businesses, specific events and industries, and the complete range of COVID-19 risk categories and requirements.


Protecting those at higher risk from COVID19

Additionally, please remember that individuals who fall into a high-risk category, as well as people who live with or work with who fall into that category, should continue to take additional precautions. An outline of these precautions can be found here:


Note: Some areas of Salt Lake County, as well as parts of Utah, will remain at the “orange” risk level for the immediate future. Current information on the risk level for a particular area within the state can be found on this link.

COVID-19 UPDATE (04/30/2020)

Emigration Township moves from Red(High) risk to Orange (moderate)

Governor Gary Herbert issued an order to officially move the COVID-19 alert status from

red, high risk, to orange, moderate risk, effective at 12:01 AM on Friday May 1st.

The designation means that there are fewer restrictions for most Utahns. The Governor

emphasized that this is not "business as usual" but is a gradual re-opening in light of

positive health data information. The order will be re-evaluated by May 15th, or sooner if

conditions warrant.


Salt Lake County Mayor Wilson, in conjunction with the Salt Lake County Public Board,

has released a new health order for Salt Lake County which outlines requirements and

restrictions specific for Salt Lake County while we are in the “orange” risk phase.

Emigration Township falls within this public health jurisdiction, and all Emigration

Canyon residents are encouraged to learn the guidelines as they pertain to us.

Color coded infographic of requirements under the different risk stratifications

Governor Herbert’s order 

Salt Lake County’s Public Health Order

Governor Herbert recently unveiled the Utah “Healthy Together” smartphone app. This is an app which will help keep you up to date on COVID-19 information, symptoms, and where to go to get a test if you get sick. It will also assist in helping trace contacts if you are exposed to someone who becomes sick, or assist in notifying others who may have been exposed in the event you become sick. All information is confidential and protected, and will be available only to public health officials.


The State of Utah Public Health Department urges all Utah residents to consider signing up for this app.


Healthy Together App

Please, when you’re in public places, wear a mask. Doing so will help protect you and others. It is also required for all Emigration Township residents by current State of Utah and Salt Lake Public Health Department orders.


Do you need help obtaining a mask?  Consider this option: “A Mask for Every Utahn” is a State of Utah initiative, in partnership with the Utah Manufacturers Association, to help Utahns who may not have a face mask and are returning to the workplace or going out in public.


The mask initiative is for all Utahns who:

1) Don’t already have a face mask,

2) Aren’t able to make a face mask or get one from someone else, and

3) Aren’t able to purchase a face mask.


You can order masks here.

Please note there is a maximum of 6 masks per family, and that, due to high demand, it may take some time to receive your free mask(s).


The CDC gives more information on how to sew your own mask, or to convert items like a T-shirt into a face mask.



Emigration Metro Township Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 23rd. The meeting this month will be held in an online format using the Zoom web-based application. This is necessary due to the restrictions against public gatherings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


As always, the public is invited and welcome to attend by joining the Zoom meeting.

Topic: Emigration Canyon Metro Township Council Meeting

Time: Apr 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)


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COVID-19 INFORMATION - April 18th:

The number of Utahns infected with COVID 19 continues to grow, as does the social and economic impact resulting from necessary actions to control the spread of the disease. This is an update on COVID-19 state and county public health directives and orders. Emigration Metro Township Council urges all residents of Emigration to follow these orders and guidelines as completely as possible. We are also providing information on assistance available for small business owners.




The State of Utah Public Health Order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place until May 1st.


Governor Herbert has extended the statewide “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive to May 1st. The directive has been expanded, asking all individuals to wear a mask when in public, particularly when entering indoor spaces.


Additionally, Governor Herbert announced that all public schools will remain in a “soft closure” through the end of the 2019/2020 school year. Soft closure means that distance learning (online) and school meal programs continue.


More information, as well as the full text of Governor Herbert’s directive, can be found here:




On April 10th, Mayor Jenny Wilson and the Salt Lake County Public Health Department extended the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order through May 1st, 2020. The order was revised on Friday, April 17th, and the “stay home” portion of the order has been rescinded, to make it easier for residents to travel outside their homes. Most other sections of the April 10th order remain in effect.  Salt Lake County has also requested that all people wear masks in public places. The full text of the April 17th order can be found here:


More information about Salt Lake County and COVID-19 responses and restrictions can be found here:




Both federal and state programs are in place to assist small businesses. We urge Emigration Canyon residents to learn more about these programs in the event that you may need assistance or bridge loans. This link provides more information about these programs:


The members of the Emigration Township Council thanks all Emigration Township residents for their cooperation during this difficult situation.



April 2, 2020

Emigration Canyon Residents,


We are facing challenging times at the moment, with a worldwide health crisis that is unprecedented in our lifetime, leading to economic upheaval, financial instability, and widespread anxiety.


Yet there is also medical and scientific research taking place, much of it providing hope for therapies and vaccines for COVID-19. People have come together in inspiring and overwhelming displays of generosity and compassion - here in Utah, in the United States, and around the world. The human spirit is flourishing!


We want to update you on state, county, and local government information as it affects Emigration Canyon. We also want to inform you of changes to our public meetings that will allow for the physical distancing which is necessary to protect everyone's health at this time.


Friday, March 27th, Governor Herbert issued a statewide "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson issued a public health order through the Salt Lake County Board of Health effective Monday March 30th, which further outline mandatory requirements. This includes a "stay at home" order for all residents, with the exception of "essential activities". This public health order does apply to Canyon residents through the Salt Lake County Board of Heath.


The full text the Governor Herbert's directive and Mayor Wilson's Public Health Order can be found below, as well as simplified guidelines for both statements.


Your Emigration Canyon Metro Township Council supports these recent actions, and asks that all Canyon residents do their best to adhere to the guidelines. They are critical to the effort needed to protect our citizens, and ensure that adequate health care is available to anyone who needs services, whether it be due to disease from COVID-19 or another health concern.


Township council members have been involved in the decision making process at the local, county, and state level. We will continue our involvement in this planning that will allow Utah to meet the challenge presented by this disease, including accompanying difficulties caused by economic uncertainty.


The township council meetings have traditionally been open to the public. In March, due to COVID-19 concerns, our regularly scheduled meeting was canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the abrupt cancellation of our meeting.


Going forward, until such time as the Fire Station is available again, meetings for the Metro Township Council will be held at the regularly scheduled time, which is 7 PM on the 4th Thursday of each month. They will be held in a virtual format, and will be available to all who wish to attend. Information on how to receive an invitation, which will allow you to participate via video or audio link, will be posted soon.


Please know that all normal government services will still be provided, including fire, police, and public safety services as well as waste and recycling pickup. Services such as building permits and inspections, vehicle registrations and driver's licenses, and professional licensing, assessor and auditor services are still available through the Salt Lake County offices. However, there are changes you should be aware of. The County headquarters building at 2100 S. State St. is not currently open to the public, and all services are being offered online, or over the phone. More information is available at:


At this time, no one can predict with certainty how long public health measures will be needed, nor the degree of hardship that we may face in the coming weeks and months. However, we can say with certainty that all the people involved in making Emigration Canyon a wonderful place to live will continue doing their best to ensure that essential services are provided, and that the needs of every Canyon resident are met. This includes not only your Emigration Metro Township Council, but also the Emigration Canyon Community Council, members and staff of the Emigration Improvement District, as well as many others who volunteer time to community and homeowner's association organizations.


Please, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home as much as possible!


Mayor Joe Smolka   (

Deputy Mayor Jennifer Hawkes (

Council Member Gary Bowen (

Council Member David Brems (

Council Member Catherine (Rin) Harris (

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ECMetro Township Council

Mayor Joe Smolka   

Jennifer Hawkes     

David Brems             

Catherine Harris    

Gary Bowen        


5025 E. Emigration Canyon Road

Salt Lake City, UT 84108




Meeting Schedule

*We meet the fourth Thursday of the Month. 

*Meeting dates and times may occasionally be reschedule due to conflicts.  Please check the calendar for any updates.