By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Three more Wyoming counties have won state approval for their plans to allow the limited operations of restaurants and bars.
The State of Wyoming has approved the variances requested by Goshen, Niobrara and Uinta counties to reopen bars and restaurants with certain restrictions. Also approved was a request to allow churches to hold services in Goshen and Uinta County — a request approved earlier this week for Niobrara County.
In Goshen County, the variance will allow restaurants, coffee houses, bars and similar businesses to serve their customers at outside tables, as long as certain safety measures are observed.
Those include limiting the number of people at a table to six, placing tables six feet apart, requiring staff to wear face coverings and disinfecting the business three times a day.
Goshen County also won approval for a variance to allow churches to operate even though the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place until at least May 15.
Safety rules will require household groups attending services to remain at least six feet away from other household groups and will require church staff members having regular contact with the public to wear face masks.
In Uinta and Niobrara counties, restaurants, bars and similar businesses will be able to seat customers inside, as long as the same safety rules as those in place for Goshen County and others that have son approval for similar variances are observed.
State officials also approved Uinta County’s request to increase the limit on the size of groups to 20 people and to allow churches and funeral homes to conduct services under the safety guidelines.
In all cases, staff members at restaurants, bars and churches must be screened for symptoms of coronavirus and to determine whether they have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of the illness.