Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist issued a third statewide order, Tuesday evening, closing non-essential personal services.
The order, which goes into effect tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, and extends through Friday, April 3, applies to the temporary closure of businesses where appropriate social distancing measures are not feasible including nail and hair salons, barber shops, cosmetology, electrology (hair removal) and esthetic services as well as massage parlors, tattoo, body art and piercing shops.
However, the release stated, services deemed medically necessary such as physical therapy providers may remain open.
“While I understand the impact and sympathize with those most affected by these measures, especially small business owners, I support Dr. Harrist’s recommendation because this is about saving lives,” Governor Gordon said. “We have tried to navigate a thoughtful course, but as COVID-19 spreads through our communities, we must take this action now.”
Dr. Harrist agreed.
“People who are ill with COVID-19 can easily spread this disease to others to anyone nearby if they cough or sneeze,” he said. “Staying away from others as much as possible helps protect all of us, including those who are most vulnerable to illness complications.”
This, the third statewide order from the governor in the last week, comes in response to rising COVID-19 cases and concerns across Wyoming. Per the release, the new order serves as an addendum to both statewide orders issued late last week closing only certain public spaces and prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more people.
Follow the link to read Statewide Public Health Order #3 in its entirety.