Heber City Municipal Corporation Supports Recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recommendations

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Heber City – Heber City Municipal Corporation supports the recommendations made by Governor Hebert and the Utah Coronavirus Task Force, headed by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

The following recommendations will be effective immediately for the next two weeks.

  • Limit mass gatherings of healthy people to less than 100. Individuals who are sick, have respiratory issues, or compromised immune systems, should not be involved or participate in these gatherings. Gatherings include religious meetings, concerts, conferences, and other similar activities.
  • Individuals over the age of 60 should avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid infecting others.
  • If you can work from home – now is the time to do so.

Residents are advised to check Wasatch County School District’s website (www.wasatch.edu) for information regarding K-12 classes during this time. Heber City would like to encourage everyone to visit the following sites for information regarding the Cornovirus (COVID-19): coronvirus.wasatch.utah.gov, and The Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov. Residents can also call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 for daily updated information specific to Utah on COVID-19.

Heber City Municipal Corporation, in keeping with the Governor’s recommendations, will be postponing Mayor Kellen Potter’s State of the City Address scheduled for March 25, 2020. They will reevaluate in two weeks and let the public know when a new date has been chosen.

Heber City understands that there is a level of high anxiety and uncertainty about the future, and would like to stress the importance of being reasonable, acting rationally, and continuing our normal activities. Heber City would like to encourage residents to be mindful in their purchases and to avoid panic buying. Overbuying and stockpiling can be detrimental to those in our community who are elderly, have existing health issues, or do not have the means to buy in bulk, or space to store mass quantities.

Heber City Municipal Corporation is issuing a call to action for citizens to be aware of each other, to check on our neighbors and those in need regularly, especially those over 60 or who have existing health problems. Please share resources with those who do not have the necessary essentials for daily living, be sensitive to others, and offer understanding and kindness during this time.

Heber City acknowledges the seriousness of the situation, however they ask community members to keep in mind that while the recommendations for the next two weeks have been issued to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the intent is not to distance ourselves from basic human interaction, compassion, responsibility, and stewardship over those in need. Being prepared is important, but not at the cost of others.

Heber City Municipal reminds community members that in two weeks Gov. Herbert and the Utah COVID-19 task force will evaluate where we, as a state, are with regards to the Coronavirus, and decide whether or not to continue, modify, or make a change in direction concerning the recommendations.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.