background

KgosKerm

Wyoming to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions on May 15th

image description

Cheyenne, Wyo. (RELEASE from Governor Gordon) May 13, 2020 -- Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide.

The Governor has also allocated $17 million in federal funding to expand COVID-19 testing, improve contact tracing and add to the state’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We have been working diligently to modify our public health orders to continue a safe and sensible reawakening of Wyoming’s economy,” Governor Gordon said. “I am also pleased to be directing funds available through the CARES Act to improve our ability to identify cases of COVID-19 and limit public exposure to the virus.”

The modified orders allow restaurants to offer indoor and outdoor dining service under specific conditions intended to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. These include adequate spacing of tables, a requirement that staff wear face coverings and be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, as well as the implementation of increased sanitation measures. The Wyoming Business Council will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, to provide information and guidance for restaurant industry businesses eligible for expanding operations under the new orders.

The further easing of orders expands the public gathering limit and permits larger gatherings for churches, religious organizations and funeral homes as long as they implement social distancing measures and specific sanitization procedures.

Movie theaters and performance venues will also be allowed to reopen in a limited capacity and permit public gatherings of up to 25 persons. Gyms may now open locker rooms, offer personal training and provide group classes for up to 20 participants. Childcare centers will be permitted to have up to 25 persons total in a classroom.

“We must continue to be vigilant about social distancing,” Governor Gordon said. “I am confident that the public and business community will continue to recognize that their actions will allow us to continue a safe, steady path forward. It is important to remember that even as we ease restrictions, COVID-19 is still with us and will continue to be present in Wyoming for some time.”

The $15 million Governor Gordon has allocated to the Wyoming Department of Health will help the agency increase its diagnostic testing and contact tracing capabilities. Funds will be used to bolster testing capacity at the Public Health Laboratory, obtain additional testing supplies and provide additional support to the team that does contact tracing, that includes people in communities across the state.

The Governor has also allocated $2 million to the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, who will be working with the Wyoming Business Council to purchase Personal Protective Equipment and distribute it to non-health care related entities to support public safety for businesses and other entities across the state under the new health orders.
Copies of the updated orders are attached and can be found on the state's COVID-19 web site

Share this post

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn
Category: regional news

Most Recent News

  • REGIONAL NEWS

    image description
    Wyoming to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions on May 15th

    Cheyenne, Wyo. (RELEASE from Governor Gordon) May 13, 2020 -- Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide.

     

    read more 
  • REGIONAL NEWS

    image description
    4th Confirmed COVID-19 Positive in Goshen County

    Torrington, Wyo. (RELEASE from Goshen County Public Health Officials) May 8, 2020 -- Goshen County Public Health Officials were notified of the fourth (4th) laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 on May 8, 2020.

     

    read more 
  • REGIONAL NEWS

    image description
    Torrington Appoints New Police Chief

    Torrington, Wyo. (RELEASE from City of Torrington) May 5, 2020 -- Torrington Mayor, Randy Adams announces the appointment of Matt Johnson as the new City of Torrington’s Chief of Police. 

     

    read more 
  • REGIONAL NEWS

    image description
    GCSD Emergency Proclamation Food Service

    Torrington, Wyo. March 17, 2020 -- The Goshen County School District is participating in the Emergency Proclamation/Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children ages 18 and under without charge.

     

    read more