Pinedale Bar Finds Loophole to Open Back-Up as a Bar

The Sublette County Sheriffs Office announced on Tuesday that the Cowboy Bars plan to operate an outside bar is allowable.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

April 21, 20202 min read

Cowboy bar pinedale
(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

If you keep trying hard enough, you might find a way around Gov. Gordon’s COVID-19 regulations.

At least that’s what a bar in Pinedale did and it appears to have worked.

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday that the Cowboy Bar’s plan to operate an outside bar is allowable.

Here’s how it will work:

A patron can place an order at the outside bar area.  A bartender will fulfill the order while a separate individual will handle the monetary exchange.

If patrons stay 6 feet apart and no more than 10 individuals are in the outside bar area at one time, things are good to go.

That doesn’t mean the sheriff’s office is happy with it.

In a Facebook post, the department says the plan is not advisable and they do not “condone the practice.”

“We encourage the public to stay home when you can and adhere to proper social distancing and the state health orders in effect,” the post reads.

One commenter was nonplussed about the announcement.

“Yeah, that’s been going on forever now,” said Greg Miller.

Forever or not, the sheriff’s office offered a reminder as to what is illegal and enforceable, including:  social gatherings of 10 or more people, taking open alcoholic containers into public areas, taking alcoholic drinks to go, going inside a bar and failing to maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

Calls to the bar for comment were unsuccessful. The prerecorded answer announced that “the telephone you are calling cannot receive calls.”

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter