• Michelle

Our Memorial Day Service is a long-standing and much-loved tradition. While COVID-19 prevents a physical celebration this year, we will be virtually honoring our valiant servicemen and women for their sacrifice with messages from Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, Senator Mike Lee and a re-airing of last year’s touching program featuring keynote speaker, Doug Witney, Vietnam Veteran, US Army.

In the midst of today’s challenges, we invite you to join us for a time of peace and gratitude during our online Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25 at 10:00 am. Please tune in on Provo City's Facebook Page at that time.

The service includes youth speaker, Rebecca Reynosa, Freedom Festival Essay Medalist; and remarks by Captain Andrew Howard, US Navy (ret)., musical numbers by Treeside Elementary Choir, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Provo Maren Paris Cline, a 21-gun salute by Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and the “Taps” bugle call by Jaden Anderson, American Legion Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient.

The Provo City Cemetery is currently following Provo City Proceed with Caution & Governor Herbert’s Utah Leads Together 2.0 social distancing guidelines. The cemetery will have signs posted at each entrance with the Provo City Proceed with Caution Recovery Plan. The Cemetery office will be open Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

We hope you'll stay safe this Memorial Day weekend. The Governor has cautioned continued vigilance with safety measures such as hand washing, hand sanitization, social distancing, and wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. We must also continue to protect our most vulnerable populations.

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  • Michelle

Updated: May 21, 2020

On May 4, I was joined by the Utah County Health Department and the Utah County Commission to release Provo’s COVID-19 recovery plan: Proceed with Caution. This plan outlined necessary restrictions to safely move our facilities from Red (High Risk) to Orange (Moderate Risk) using the guidelines established by the Utah Coronavirus Task Force. The Task Force, along with the Utah Department of Health and other experts determine state risk levels, including any exceptions to the designated risk level.

Opening the Economy: From Orange to Yellow

On May 15, Governor Herbert released an Executive Order moving the Utah COVID-19 public health risk status from Orange (Moderate Risk) to Yellow (Low Risk), including Utah County and Provo City.

While the loosening restrictions came more quickly than we anticipated, and perhaps sooner than some of us are comfortable with, we feel confident the data cited and the health expertise support the decision to further continue opening our economy.As such, Provo City will institute “Yellow” restrictions in all facilities effective Tuesday, May 19.

The Governor’s Executive Order calls out the following reasons for reducing restrictions:

  • Utah has maintained a COVID-19 transmission rate of less than 1.5 percent for 14 days, and statewide intensive care unit bed usage has not exceeded 10% for 14 days.

  • The Utah Department of Health agrees that some areas should remain at Orange (Moderate Risk) but did not include Utah County or Provo City in those exceptions.

Before making our decision to follow the State’s lead, we consulted with the Utah County Health Department and received similar direction.

Proceed with Caution

We deliberately and thoughtfully chose the phrase, “Proceed with Caution” to guide Provo City’s response because it captures the balance between cautiously opening our economy and minimizing health risks. From the initial outbreak, our response has been and will continue to be one of calm preparedness. Decisions are made based on current data and by consulting experts with Utah’s Coronavirus Task Force and both Utah County and State health departments.

Yellow Guidelines

To learn more about the State’s color-coded health guidance system outlined in Utah Leads Together, visit the State’s website at coronavirus.utah.gov.

More information can also be found on our information website at covid19.provo.org.

Provo has always been a community that comes together during times of need—and I know we will rise to the occasion now. Thank you to all for your continued efforts to help us keep Provo safe. I believe that if we all continue to follow the health guidelines outlined from the State and on Provo’s COVID-19 website, we will be able to continue to enjoy the things that give our life meaning, while remaining safe and healthy.

Thank you to all for your continued efforts to help us keep Provo safe. As many of us begin to enjoy a little more normalcy in our lives, let’s continue to adhere to social distancing and other guidelines. Please view the following guidelines for low risk:

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  • Michelle

I'm honored to be one of the panelists for the Road to Run virtual event series, which is bringing together women from all walks of life to learn about opportunities in public leadership. With so much to manage in your everyday life, it can be overwhelming to even think about getting involved in public leadership.

Please join me on Wednesday, May 20 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and get ready to learn how you can create space for public leadership in a busy life. I will be on a panel with City Council members Shireen Ghorbani and Kat Martinez, sharing our experiences with balancing careers, family, self-care, community, and more as we've explored and eventually came to hold public office in Utah. Register today!

The panel will be followed by a Q&A where you'll be able to get answers that you can apply to your own leadership journey or while supporting others on theirs.

If you are interested in women’s leadership, would like to run for office, know a woman who should run, or just want to hear from a leader in the space about issues facing women this event is for you.

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-balance-creating-space-for-public-leadership-in-a-busy-life-tickets-104669900490?fbclid=IwAR3mj5HAudWc67lgxYPPkuK3W9-dOzm1K2ELS7ag4yxSV5GrtKBgbAJFtIY

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