All drivers ordered to fill out COVID-19 travel declaration when entering Utah

Utah

Officials in Utah have announced that all drivers — including truckers — must fill out a health screening form after crossing the border into the state.

On Wednesday, April 8, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced the new travel requirements that will go into effect on April 10. A Utah DOT spokesperson confirmed to CDLLife that Herbert’s order applies to both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Herbert said:

I am issuing an order this week in advance of Easter weekend requiring all individuals who are 18 years or older to complete a COVID-19 travel declaration form when entering our state. This will be required at the airport, and on our roadways.

The order will go into effect on Friday. The travel declaration will ask individuals if they have been tested for COVID-19 and if they are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus. It also asks where they have recently been traveling.

Utah has set up geofencing at several major entry points into the state to facilitate the travel declaration form distribution. The entry points are located below.

  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • I-80 at Wyoming border
  • I-80 at Nevada border
  • I-15 at Arizona border
  • I-70 at Colorado border
  • I-84 at Idaho border
  • I-15 at Idaho border
  • US 191 north of Monticello
  • US 89 north of Kanab
  • US 40 at Colorado border

Once a driver passes through one of the entry points, they will receive a text message through the federal Wireless Emergency Alerts system directing them to http://entry.utah.gov, where they will be asked to fill out a form.

Drivers will be directed to fill out the following questions by the form:

  • Entry location
  • Full name
  • Have you, or anyone in your party been tested for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Are you, or anyone in your party currently experiencing any of the following symptoms: Cough, Shortness of breath, or Fever?
  • Are you a Utah resident, a visitor, or a worker?
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • List of places you have visited in the last 14 days
  • Are there additional people in your group?

Collected information will be stored in a Utah Department of Health (UDOH) database.

Utah DOT said that truckers passing through Utah should receive the text within about three hours of passing through an entry point and emphasized that it was important to wait until safely parked to fill out the form.

Utah says that there is no plan in place to punish those who do not fill out the form, but they say that they could resort to tougher measures in the future.