BREAKING: Governor Gordon and State Health Officer Issue Statewide Closure of Public Spaces

Gov. Mark Gordon from his newly updated website

Wyoming is closed

Governor Mark Gordon announced Thursday afternoon that he would be endorsing a decision by the Wyoming State Health Officer to close public places for a two-week period in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wyoming.

This includes the closure of schools, theaters, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, employee cafeterias, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, gyms, conference rooms, museums as well as restaurants offering dine-in food service, but restaurants may remain open for curbside take-out or drive-through food service. Under the order, childcare centers will be closed except for those serving essential personnel. The closure order extends through April 3.

Wyoming currently has 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the Wyoming Public Health laboratory has completed nearly 300 tests, as of today, Thursday, March 19.

A nationwide shortage of testing supplies is impacting Wyoming, like all states, according to the release, and social distancing measures are being recommended as the most effective means of slowing the spread of the virus, according to Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health.

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Read the Governor’s full release here.

The Governor will be hosting a “Fireside Chat” at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

It will livestream on his Facebook page at