Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist announced Friday the extension of the three existing statewide health orders through April 30 in a concentrated effort to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19 and to save lives, according to a Friday afternoon release from the Governor’s office.
The Governor reiterated his message about the importance of people staying home whenever possible to help prevent or slow the spread of the virus, the release stated.
Specifically, the orders now extended through April 30 include those closing public places, including schools, prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people in a single space, including outdoors, and those closing bars, restaurants, coffee shops and most personal services businesses like hair and nail salons, among others.
At this time, food establishments can continue to provide delivery services, but, effective immediately, carry-out service is now required to take place curbside, and those who handle cash or credit cards are not permitted to be involved in the preparation, handling or delivery of food, per the orders of continuation.
“The decision to extend these orders was made to save lives and keep people at home,” the Governor said. “We are seeing community transmission of COVID-19 occur around the state and we will continue to see more confirmed cases in the weeks to come. This action will help lower the rate of transmission and protect both our healthcare system and the healthcare workers we all rely on.”
Additionally, the Governor issued a directive requiring any visitors who come to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. For visits fewer than 14 days, visitors must self-quarantine for the duration of their visit.
“We need everyone to stay home as much as possible,” Harrist said in the release. “Anyone can spread this disease, even if they don’t yet realize they are ill.”
Harrist noted that Wyoming continues to see community spread of COVID-19, adding that social distancing measures remain the most effective means to slow the spread of the virus.
Follow the link to view the Second Continuation of Public Health Order Closing Public Spaces Through April 30 in its entirety, including the new visitors’ directive.