On Sunday, the same day protesters gathered at Gov. Gary Herbert’s Orem home to protest wearing face masks and other mandates, Orem City sent emails to residents saying it was closing city facilities due to COVID-19.
The email states that COVID-19 has forced 50 employees into quarantine either due to having the virus or being exposed to it.
“We are at the point where keeping minimal staffing levels is becoming difficult, and in some situations nearly impossible,” the letter states.
Like any organization, our employees’ health and well-being are one of our greatest responsibilities. This decision, as hard as it is, keeps our employees and their families safer, according Steven Downs, deputy city manager.
To prevent the creation of settings where this virus may spread, the city is enacting the following measures until Nov. 30th: