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Photo of empty chair on a ski lift
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Restaurants, bars and major ski resorts have begun to temporarily shut down across the Mountain West this week in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. But economists said it’s still too early to fully understand the breadth of how these closures will impact the region’s booming tourism economy.

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

As people start to stay inside to slow the spread of coronavirus, Salt Lake City businesses have begun to feel it. In fact, 76% of Salt Lake City businesses have lost more than a tenth of their revenue due to the outbreak, according to a survey from the city. That impact is likely to grow after a Salt Lake County order banning dining in at restaurants goes into effect at 11 p.m. Monday. 

Photo of air pollution over Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers / KUER

As Utah confronts the accelerating risks of climate change, the state now has a plan for action. 

Utahns Have More Money And They're Ready To Spend It

Oct 26, 2017

Utahans are spending more money, because they have more money. The Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis looked at primary expenses in the 50 states, what we’re buying, and how much it costs consumers. Results show Utah spent 6.2 percent more in the last year than the previous one.