By: Dusty Rhodes
Since 1967, the Easter Jeep Safari has been held in Moab, Utah, unfortunately this streak ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 and was at risk of being cancelled again this year. Fortunately, an outpouring of support by the four-wheeling community to the Grand County Commission administrator, Chris Baird, led to an amendment to the ordinance during a meeting on February 16. According to a spokesperson from Grand County who spoke with Bronco Nation this morning, a permit has been granted allowing up to 250 people per trail to attend. They added that this allows for gatherings at trail head, but that this could change if the Utah Health Guidance Level for Covid-19 transmission for Grand County Improves. Currently Grand County is one of 16 that fall into the state’s definition of “High Level of Transmission”. If the county drops down to the Moderate risk level, indoor events are capped at 500 people and outdoor events may include as many as 1,000 participants.
The Grand County spokesperson added that vendor displays remain on hold, but admitted that some resourceful organizations have filed for temporary business permits, allowing a “pop-up store” to be constructed at approved sites. We expect permits of this nature will be used by manufactures and vendors to display their products should restrictions against indoor gatherings at arenas remain in place.
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