28 Utah travel advisory board member Michael Wintrich will vote on an advisory vote on Tuesday that could pave the way for the state to issue a statewide travel advisory.
The vote comes after Utah Gov.
Gary Herbert, a Republican, ordered a statewide review of Utah’s current travel advisory system after the state’s largest city, Salt Lake City, banned all commercial flights on Tuesday.
Herbert said the move was meant to give people in Salt Lake County a heads-up when they would be flying over the state.
“The governor believes that the advisory board needs to be involved to protect the safety of the citizens of Utah,” Herbert said in a statement.
“While this is a great step forward, the governor is concerned that the state is still using outdated information that is outdated and outdated in the wrong place.”
Wintthorp, the board member who has also served as Utah’s tourism commissioner, told Ars that he plans to vote yes on the advisory vote.
“I want to make sure that we’re in a position to make a decision in the next few weeks,” he said.
“That way, we’re going to have a plan that is going to help our citizens and businesses, which is a really good thing.”
A Utah travel guide would likely include some language on privacy.
If a Utah travel board member votes yes on Tuesday, it will take effect at midnight on Wednesday.
The board’s vote could come after Herbert, who has previously said that he supports the travel advisory’s inclusion in the statewide review, orders a nationwide review of the system.
“We will review this and make recommendations,” Herbert told the Salt Lake Tribune.
“In the meantime, it is good to be able to get out and do the things that people want to do and that are good for the economy.”
Wortthorp told Ars he plans on asking his colleagues to help him draft the board’s recommendations.