Wyoming Issues New Health Orders Regarding COVID-19


As per the press release from the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce:

"The health order for personal care services has been removed, restaurants can now serve groups of up to 10 people, and gathering sizes are once again relaxed as COVID-19 metrics continue to improve

Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Department of Health announced changes today to statewide health orders based on improvements to Wyoming’s metrics. 

·Beginning March 1, health orders impacting barber shops, nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal care services are being eliminated completely, but businesses must still comply with mask mandates.

·Restaurants can now serve groups of up to 10 people at the same table.

·Theaters can seat groups of up to 10 individuals together as long as distancing is maintained between groups and other criteria in Health Order 1 is met.

·Restaurants can resume buffet and self-service options.

·Staff screening logos and signage requirements are being relaxed.

·Gatherings, without required distancing have been expanded to 50 individuals.

·Indoor events are still limited to 25 percent of venue capacity but can now accommodate 1,000 people (up from 500). Groups of 10 may sit together.

·Outdoor events can utilize up to 50 percent of venue capacity with a maximum attendance of 2,000 allowed with groups of 10 allowed to sit together.

·Participants in organized sporting events and artistic performances have been increased from 25 to 50 individuals.

·Protocols for restaurant and theater operations will be adjusted. Indoor gatherings that incorporate social distancing and face coverings are permitted for up to 25 percent of capacity or 1,000 persons, and outdoor gatherings of up to 2,000 persons. In addition, sporting events and artistic performances will see participation limits eased. 

Four Wyoming counties have now received variances from statewide requirements in response to local conditions. Additional changes to statewide protocols are expected to continue as metrics allow. Vaccination efforts are expected to help accelerate that process, Governor Gordon said. 

“The efforts made so far have allowed us to maximize attendance safely at larger events like the state high school wrestling championships this weekend and the state high school basketball tournament that was canceled last year,” the Governor said. “If we continue on our current trajectory, I expect us to be able to continue to remove orders as we safely return to a new normal.”

As of February 25, more than 16% of the state’s population has received at least one vaccine dose – one of the highest rates in the country. All Wyoming counties are now in phase 1b of the phased distribution plan, which includes adults 65 and over, frontline essential workers, and individuals with medical conditions that put them at higher risk. Wyoming vaccine distribution information can be found here."

Learn more about Wyoming's health orders here.