COVID-19 Update 8.0
San Juan County - Utah's Canyon Country
Saturday 21 March 2020
Dear Partner-

Saturday, 03/21/2020 there continue to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Juan County.

Governor Herbert declared this weekend a weekend of prayer and services, " Weekend of Prayer and Service in Utah, March 20-22. We also encourage acts of service to happen in ways that will decrease risk of contagion. Whether or not you are religious, I hope you find peace or guidance this weekend."
In our social feed we've been seeing small business resources pop up that are being offered from the private industry. Here are a couple that are at the top of mind:
The Federal Assistance Bill is a three-part bill intended to assist with the impacts of COVID-19.

Phase 1 —the supplemental appropriations bill—has passed. Phase 2 —targeted relief for individuals, including paid family leave—has passed. Phase 3 —broader economic stimulus designed to deliver cash to individuals to help them weather the downturn, as well as industry-specific relief

In regards to phase 2 , we recommend small business owners please take some time to review some of the paid leave provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the implications it could have on small businesses. Please also consider reading this recent US Treasury Press Release (3/20/20) . If you have a concern or any questions, we would urge you as a small business to consider sending an email to our representative Senator Mike Lee ( using this link ) or contacting Justin Anthony the Senator's Business Outreach Director at

In phase 3 Congress intends to pass to address the economic and healthcare crisis related to COVID-19 is in the works now to address needs of larger companies, our economy and healthcare workers.
We are continuing to encourage everyone to take the following survey showcasing the impacts of COVID-19 on their business to ensure the voices of San Juan County businesses are heard as policies are made.
People ask "Why San Juan?" Truthfully, it is because of times like these when the true grit of our businesses show, and the good deeds between neighbors flow. With that we would love to shed some light on the positive by sharing the small deeds and ingenuity of our local businesses. As you are in your communities please help us share by tagging the following in your social media channels. We've started highlighting a couple at the bottom of our email.

#SanJuanStrong : For any creative tacts businesses are using to service their customers, we can all learn from each other.

#SJCMonumentalMoments: For any positive or glass-half-full moments during this time.
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 (as a note, we continue to add helpful tips to this guide as local businesses are applying--if there is anything you would recommend we add please let us know).

  • Applicants must meet the SBA requirements of a small business (500 employees or
  • fewer)
  • Businesses directly affected by COVID-19
  • Businesses that offer services directly related to the businesses in the declaration
  • Other businesses indirectly related the industry that are likely to be harmed by losses in their community (Example: Manufacturer of widgets may be eligible as well as the wholesaler and retailer of the product)
  • Agricultural Enterprises: If the primary activity of the business (including its affiliates) is as defined in Section 18(b)(1) of the Small Business Act, neither the business nor its affiliates are eligible for EIDL assistance.
  • Religious Organizations
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Gambling Concerns (Ex: Concerns that derive more than 1/3 of their annual gross
  • revenue from legal gambling activities)
  • Casinos & Racetracks (Ex: Businesses whose purpose for being is gambling (e.g., casinos, racetracks, poker parlors, etc.) are not eligible for EIDL assistance regardless of 1/3 criteria above.
  • Cannabis Industry
Current San Juan County Updates
Many of our local businesses are doing what they can to keep their doors open and services available to our residents.

Click here for our director of county businesses and their temporary COVID-19 hours, adjusted operations, and offerings.

Business Directory:

To be listed or edit a listing contact:
Previous Emails
San Juan Strong
Many of our local businesses have taken the time to get creative in their business models allowing them to stay open & make sales while still encouraging social distancing. Yak's Cafe , in Blanding, continues to redefine how they do business. Their most recent effort should also be a #MonumentalMoment, and is an effort to help the elderly in our community.
Help us find these innovative business practices by tagging #SanJuanStrong
Monumental Moments
Let's take a moment to recognize the positive moments in our community. In a world where social distancing is the new norm--how do we celebrate birthdays? Patio Diner , in Blanding, is helping with supporting #KindnessForKrista -- where the first 21 people to perform a random act of kindness receives an ice cream cone! Happy Birthday Krista!
Help us find these moments by tagging #SJCMonumentalMonuments
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,