COVID-19 Update 5.0
San Juan County - Utah's Canyon Country
Dear Partner-

We hope you find this information informative throughout this time. We will continue to send daily updates each afternoon via this email. Throughout the day we will be updating our website ( travel & business ) and social channels ( Facebook & Instagram ) as information becomes available.

Many businesses in San Juan County remain open during this time. It is amazing to see how creative and innovative many have been in their efforts to continue the practices of social distancing and sanitation while still providing services to their communities. A list of businesses, their current hours, adjustments in operations, and etc. If you would like to be added, or your information has changed--please email
If you are considering to apply for SBA disaster relief funding we understanding the process can be somewhat daunting. We've linked SBA's 3-step application process as well as a loan assistance application guide.
Governor Herbert has established an Economic Response Task Force through the Governor’s Economic Council.

  • DWS has extended seasonal deferrals through May 2nd in light of COVID-19; we could see another extension, possibly to the end of May or June, if the virus continues to spread in the State of Utah.
  • Many of the individuals on seasonal deferrals have been granted up to 26 weeks of benefits from the start of their claim to be able to file through this date. If you have questions about this deferral or if a new claim is denied, please contact DWS by calling 801-526-4400 or opening a chat on

  • In order for an unemployment insurance extension to be triggered, the statewide insured unemployment rate has to be 6%; Utah is currently at 1%. Therefore, the State of Utah does not have a special extension. It is highly unlikely that Utah will reach the 6% rate, so we do not expect an unemployment insurance extension.
  • Temporary extensions of unemployment insurance have to be approved by congress.
  • If any claim extension issued by congress is released via a, DWS will let the State and local governments know and they will also notify employers and employees via email.
  • The Federal Stimulation Package bill has been sent to the President for signature, but at this time we do not know if the unemployment extension is included in the bill.
We are requesting the following visitor information flier (linked below) be posted throughout the county to ensure that visitors in the area have access to the most up to date information. Please also feel free to use this as a resource in your business.
Current San Juan County Updates
Business Resources
Federal Resources & Efforts
US Travel Association is inviting businesses in the tourism industry to share how COVID-19 is impacting their businesses with their Congressman. Impacts can be shared through the live Action Alert ( ).
Previous Emails
For business and tourism industry updates please refer to:

We are aware of the concern many businesses have, particularly those impacted by the travel industry. This web page is intended to be a resource for businesses regarding changes in the travel industry as well as business relief funding options as they become available.

Please note, this web page is not intended to be a source for updates on COVID-19. For up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19)  information hub :
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions 435-587-3235 or 800-574-4386
San Juan County EDVS

Natalie Randall,
Allison Yamamoto-Sparks,
Stuart Smith,