Improvements have been made for future Mormon missionary pickups at Salt Lake City Airport

The response from both Utah’s political leaders and national media was swift regarding the mob like scene on Monday night at the Salt Lake City Airport.

Mitt Romney wrote on Facebook

“This is irresponsible,” “Parents, please pick up your missionary from the airport alone and help them strictly follow self-quarantine procedures for their first 14 days at home. We need to work together to keep our communities safe.”

The story was covered by TMZ, NPR, CNN, and most major news organizations.

Improvements to be made

It appears that all of the attention given to this unfortunate incident has changed the way future missionary pickups will happen. This picture was taken by someone on Reddit at the Salt Lake Airport.

Better organization ahead

In addition, communication was sent out to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints families.

““What occurred on Sunday afternoon at the Salt Lake airport causes us deep concern with missionaries and their families disregarding important instructions regarding self-isolation and congregating at airports,” said the letter, which was sent to Utah stake presidents. “We ask you to help members in your stake understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of practicing safe social distancing and the need to follow the recommendations from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Let’s hope everyone in Utah learned from this and will help stop the spread of the coronavirus. There will be multiple flights coming in from around the world in which this will be tested, including today with this missionary evacuation from South Africa.

I look forward to everyone keeping safe.

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