Riverton Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency

Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs declared a local emergency in Riverton on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. The declaration comes as the COVID-19 virus spreads in Utah.

“It’s incumbent on us to declare a state of emergency in Riverton now as the threat of COVID-19 is eminent,” said Staggs. “Given the potential for widespread transmission of the virus and all associated risks to health, welfare and our local economy, we want to ensure that we are in the best position possible as a community to respond and work to recover after the threat has passed.”

By declaring a state of emergency, Riverton City establishes a legal basis to obtain any potential federal or state government disaster assistance that may be offered in the future. The declaration also gives the city more flexibility to amend, suspend or modify events, policies, programs, procedures, personnel or facility operations as necessary to protect public and employee health for the duration the emergency.

The declaration follows a Mayoral Directive that was issued to Riverton City staff on March 12 outlining several steps the city would take to stop the spread of the virus, and a COVID-19 resident advisory issued the same day.

Riverton City has also developed a website at rivertonutah.gov/covid19 with information on local closures, city updates, service opportunities and links to state and federal COVID-19 resources.

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Published March 17, 2020

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