With Wyoming hospitals seeing record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and rising deaths, Governor Mark Gordon has announced a new approach that protects the public and keeps schools and businesses open.
Gordon announced changes Monday which will take effect Wednesday and remain in place until at least Jan. 8.
Among the modifications are a statewide requirement for face coverings in certain indoor public settings in all counties, reducing group sizes to 10 when social distancing is not possible, and most bars and restaurants must closes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
However, counties can opt out of the requirements if local conditions move to safer levels in accordance with White House metrics.
“Our state and those surrounding us are facing a hospital capacity crisis that now compels us to take additional action. All through the fall, Wyoming has seen a rise in serious cases of COVID to a point where every county is facing critical and dangerous levels of spread of the virus. Too many people have died,” Governor Gordon said. “Science tells us limiting gatherings of groups and using face coverings are effective in slowing transmission of this virus. With these actions we can avoid taking the more drastic step of closing schools and businesses.”