Gov. Gordon Announces New Public Health Orders Restricting Crowd Sizes

Governor Mark Gordon announced Thursday new public health orders following the uptick in new COVID-19 cases and deaths throughout the state. The restrictions focus on limiting crowd sizes with no mandatory closures for businesses or schools.

The new health orders, which take effect Nov. 24, are intended to help slow the spread of the virus while preserving the viability of the economy, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The updated health orders limit indoor and outdoor gatherings to 25 persons or fewer without restrictions and a maximum of 100 people – or 25% of venue capacity – at indoor events with social distancing. Under the new orders, outdoor events are now capped at a maximum of 250 people or 50% of venue capacity.

Faith-based gatherings, including church or funeral services and parades, are exempt.

There are no changes for K-12 schools, child care facilities, restaurants or performance spaces with the exception of workout classes that are now limited to 25 participants or fewer.

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“These measures are intended to assist our healthcare system in meeting unprecedented demands for services, assure that in-classroom education can continue, and importantly keep Wyoming’s people working and her businesses open,” Governor Gordon said. “We have reached out extensively to our business community across the state and will continue to do so. We heard a clear message from them that they want to work cooperatively to ensure our economy, workforce and general public are healthy.”

Yesterday, the governor announced steps the state is taking to help mitigate the strain on Wyoming’s hospitals, including sending resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Wyoming National Guard and traveling medical staff.

Unlike in many other states throughout the nation, Wyoming has not implemented any restrictions with regard to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The new orders remain in effect until Dec. 15 and may be revised earlier if needed, per the release.