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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Highland City's Response to COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic is ever evolving and Highland City is working hard to do its part to slow the spread. Below are the most up-to-date safeguards the City has in place.

These safeguards are based on the guidelines found in the Utah Lead’s Together Plan.


City Hall

City Hall is operating through an assisted self-service center in the lobby of the building. We encourage residents to conduct their business with the City via phone at 801-756-5751 or online at www.HighlandCity.org. We have made adjustments in order to provide all services to residents while maintaining social distancing to limit exposure. These adjustments include taking credit card payments, making funeral arrangements, and submitting building permits all over the phone or online. We encourage all to take advantage of these instead of coming in person to City Hall. Anyone who does come into City Hall is encouraged to use personal protective equipment including a mask and gloves and maintain a 6-foot distance between any other individual.


Public Meetings

Public meetings which are essential for City business such as City Council and Planning Commission will continue, however they will be held virtually. See details at www.HighlandCity.org. All who want to participate can do so electronically or they can email their comments ahead of time to council@highlandcity.org or planningcommission@highlandcity.org.


Library

May 28 will be the Library’s last general curbside pickup/return day.  Patrons who place holds on items between May 19-25 can pick them up and anyone can return Library materials that day.  The Library will open for visits on June 1st with limited hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm.  We encourage patrons to be respectful of staff and other patrons by staying home if they have any symptoms of illness,  wearing masks while visiting, using proper hand hygiene, and maintaining social distancing as much as possible while visiting. Starting June 1, patrons in high risk categories may arrange curbside pickup by calling the circulation desk during working hours (801-772-4528). 

The Library will be offering fun and social-distance-friendly Story Time, Junior Explorers, and Tween STEM programs each Wednesday morning starting June 3, at the Town Center Meadows Park (near the Police Station).  To limit numbers to ensure social distancing, patrons must pre-register each week on the library’s Eventbrite page to participate in these programs.  Only those with Highland City Library cards can pre-register.  The Library will also be offering an online-based Summer Reading program for all ages.  Check the Library Website starting May 28 for details.

 More information on the Library’s plans to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time is available on their COVID-19 information page.


Lone Peak Fire & Police Stations

Lone Peak’s first priority is to provide emergency assistance to the community. To ensure our law enforcement officers and fire-fighter paramedics stay healthy and safe, the stations are currently closed to the public. For non-emergency situations, please call dispatch at 801-794-3970. For emergencies, continue to call 911.


Highland Alpine Justice Court

The Court is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Terry Biggs at 801-772-4525 or terry@highlandcity.org.


Events & Arts Council
The City is currently exploring all ways to hold events while keeping residents safe. These options include postponing some of these events to a later time, holding a virtual version of the events, or holding an alternative event. For information on each event, please visit www.HighlandCity.org.

All Arts Council events, workshops, performances, etc. have been cancelled until further notice. Keep up-to-date with the Arts Council on www.HighlandCityArts.org.

The Events Team has created a Facebook group, “A beautiful day in Highland” to help connect with the community and help provide meaningful activities for residents.


Parks, Trails, and Playgrounds

All playground type equipment and drinking fountains are closed to the public through May 25. The public is still welcome to use the City trails and the open areas of City parks under the following conditions:

  • Remain at least six feet apart from individuals from other households
  • Do not touch high-touch surfaces, including handrails, trail signs, and maps
  • Do not congregate at trailheads, parks, or other outdoor spaces
  • Do not engage in close-contact or team sports


Facility Rental: Community Center, Fields, and Pavilions

Funerals and weddings can rent City facilities within strict guidelines. All other building, field, and pavilion reservations through May 25 have been canceled. Private groups who have rented a City facility will receive a refund.


General Information
The City wishes to stress that fire and police emergency services and utility services such as culinary water and sewer will continue to function properly during this time.

To help our sewer system to operate effectively, please remember that the only items that should be flushed down a toilet are human waste and toilet paper. If anyone in your home uses any type of wipe including those labeled “flushable” DO NOT flush them down the toilet. They need to be disposed of in the trash otherwise we risk sewer back-ups.

We encourage all residents to follow the State’s recommendations and the standby precautions regarding spreading illnesses:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g. into a tissue, sleeve, or elbow; not hands)
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g. door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces)
  • Follow any other standards promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Utah Department of Health, and local health department
  • Face coverings should be worn in public spaces, especially when difficult to maintain 6-foot distance
  • Do not shake hands
  • Phone and video chats encouraged in place of in-person meetings
  • Help others as reasonably appropriate

For more information on COVID-19 and the State of Utah’ plan please utilize the following resources:


Updated May 4, 2020

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