Stay coronavirus updates for Wednesday, March 25: Trump’s snarky tweet about Romney’s take a look at; Utah eating places pledge $1M; Lagoon closed

Live coronavirus updates for Wednesday, March 25: Trump’s snarky tweet about Romney’s test; Utah restaurants pledge $1M; Lagoon closed

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It’s Tuesday, March 24. We’ll present the most recent coronavirus updates involving Utah all through the day.

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11:20 a.m.: Smith’s working to guard staff

Staff at Smith’s Meals & Drug shops will probably be permitted to put on masks and gloves, the corporate introduced Wednesday, however with a scarcity of protecting gear nationally, which will show troublesome.

Retailer officers are saying that — after well being care staff receive their obligatory tools — “authorities officers ought to work to present important grocery retailer staff” safety throughout the pandemic.

Till then, Smith’s will probably be putting in plexiglass partitions at many money registers, to additional promote bodily distancing, Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s company affairs supervisor, mentioned in a information launch.

“Lots of our shops are starting the set up course of this week,” she mentioned, “and we anticipate each examine lane having a partition, together with pharmacy counters and Starbucks registers by the tip of subsequent week.”

As well as, academic ground decals — to advertise bodily distancing at checkout traces and different counters — will probably be put in.

Smith’s additionally has adjusted retailer working hours from eight a.m. to eight p.m. to permit extra time for associates to relaxation, clear and replenish stock.

“We consider all these steps will assist to make sure the security of our associates,” she mentioned, ”and assist our communities to flatten the curve whereas on the identical time assembly our obligation to be there for our prospects.”

— Kathy Stephenson

10:09 a.m.: Lagoon closed till additional discover

Lagoon Amusement Park won’t open this weekend as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the park, it’s the primary time because the finish of World Battle II that Lagoon has did not open on schedule for any cause apart from dangerous climate.

Citing a “fluid” scenario with restrictions prompted by the coronavirus, Lagoon will replace its standing at the start of every week on its web site,

— Scott D. Pierce

9:30 a.m.: Three Utah manufacturers pledge $1M to maintain their eating places working, staff on the payroll

The house owners of three well-known Utah meals manufacturers — R&R Barbecue, Mo’ Bettahs and Swig — have pledged $250,000 apiece to maintain their companies working and their mixed 1,400 staff on the payroll, officers introduced this week.

The Savory Fund — which has invested within the three meals and beverage ideas — additionally has dedicated an extra $250,000, bringing the entire coronavirus emergency fund to $1 million.

“We decide to conserving our staff engaged whether or not serving prospects, serving one another, or serving the neighborhood that has been so good to us,” Andrew Okay. Smith, the Savory Fund’s co-managing director, mentioned in a information launch. “We would like our staff to proceed to have goal and course, and this gives some aid throughout this very unsure time.”

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All three eating places started as small, family-owned Utah companies, however the founders had been unable to increase with out assist. Lately, all have offered 51% of their firms to the Utah-based 4 Meals Group, which, together with its Savory Meals funding arm, has supplied the financing and experience wanted to increase.

Immediately, R&R BBQ has eight places; Mo’ Bettahs has 13 shops, and Swig has 18 soda retailers.

— Kathy Stephenson

eight a.m.: Extra Utah grocery shops set up security shields

Extra Utah grocery shops have added glass boundaries at checkout counters and pharmacies to guard staff and prospects from spreading the coronavirus.

Giant, plexiglass security shields have been added in any respect Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Contemporary Market shops all through the state, mentioned Sarah Pettit, public relations supervisor for Related Meals Shops.

The set up of the boundaries “is yet one more instance of the preventative measures we’re taking in our shops to assist shield our workforce and our visitors,” she mentioned. “Our firm is constant to research and discover further methods to evolve its workforce and visitor security initiatives in response to the COVID-19 risk.”

On Monday, Harmons introduced that it had put in glass boundaries at its Utah shops.

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— Kathy Stephenson

eight a.m.: Utah will get cash to assist feed older adults

The federal authorities awarded Utah a $1.56 million grant Tuesday to assist present extra meals for older adults throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

It goals to help teams that present meals by means of packages comparable to Meals on Wheels. It was a part of further funding created by the Households First Coronavirus Response Act signed into legislation by President Donald Trump on March 18.

“This extra funding will assist communities throughout the nation present older adults, particularly these at biggest danger, with the wholesome meals they want,” mentioned Administration for Group Residing Administrator Lance Robertson because the $250 million in grants nationwide had been introduced.

The necessity for home-delivered and packaged meals has elevated as some neighborhood facilities that supplied meals have closed, and left some household caregivers unable to help older family members.

Older adults who want help could contact the Eldercare Locator to search out providers of their neighborhood. The Eldercare Locator may be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or

— Lee Davidson

7:38 a.m.: Trump ‘can barely converse’ about Romney’s adverse COVID-19 take a look at

Information that Sen. Mitt Romney has examined adverse for COVID-19 prompted President Donald Trump to supply his finest needs — or not.

In an early morning tweet, Trump cheered the outcomes of Romney’s coronavirus take a look at with a measure of snark: “That is actually nice information! I’m so pleased I can barely converse.”

Trump went on to write down, “He could have been a horrible presidential candidate and an excellent worse U.S. Senator, however he’s a RINO, and I like him lots!”

(For these not up on political acronyms, “RINO” stands for “Republican in title solely,” thought-about an insult by devoted members of the GOP.)

Trump’s disdain for the Utah Republican resurfaced in early February, after Romney was the one GOP senator to vote in favor of the president’s removing at his impeachment trial.

Romney went into self-quarantine after studying that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had examined optimistic for coronavirus. Romney had been in shut contact with Paul.

Romney flew again to Utah on a non-public aircraft, together with Sen. Mike Lee, who additionally went into self-quarantine after being involved with Paul. Romney mentioned Tuesday he plans to remain in quarantine for the complete 14 days, as a precaution.

Trump had beforehand mentioned, “Gee, that’s too dangerous,” when informed Romney could have the novel coronavirus earlier this week.

The president’s tweet comes as Senate leaders and the White Home introduced a deal on a large $2 trillion measure meant to assist Individuals and companies struggling because the virus outbreak unfold throughout the nation.

Romney issued a press release supporting the deal reached early Wednesday, although he received’t be capable to vote for it as a result of he’s isolating himself in his Utah dwelling.

“I’m happy that this settlement contains a number of vital provisions I pushed for, together with direct money aid for staff and households, grants and loans for small companies to maintain their staff, and an growth of unemployment insurance coverage to right away help laid-off and furloughed staff,” Romney mentioned. “The settlement additionally contains much-needed aid for our medical personnel on the frontlines and a bipartisan measure I helped introduce to strengthen the provision chain to ensure that hospitals to have the required tools and provides.”

Lee has not mentioned if he supported the stimulus invoice. His workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

— Sean P. Means and Thomas Burr

7:13 a.m.: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ on the Eccles is canceled

Elsa received’t be making ice castles in Salt Lake Metropolis’s Eccles Theatre any time quickly, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The nationwide touring manufacturing of Disney’s “Frozen,” set for April 15 to Might three on the Eccles, has been canceled, in keeping with an announcement despatched to Broadway on the Eccles subscribers Tuesday night time.

Patrons are requested to carry on to their tickets, whereas theater managers attempt to reschedule the present dates. If no new dates can be found and the engagement is canceled, Broadway on the Eccles will supply refunds, credit or exchanges.

The cancellation is one end result of Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson’s order that the 4 county-run performing arts venues — the Eccles, Abravanel Corridor, the Capitol Theatre and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Heart — will stay closed by means of Might 15.

— Sean P. Means