Restaurants, bars and coffee houses in four more counties have won approval to operate on a limited basis.
State officials on Wednesday approved requests from officials in Converse, Hot Springs, Natrona and Sweetwater counties to allow such businesses to operate as long as certain safeguards are observed.
Hot Springs and Sweetwater counties also won approval to allow churches to conduct services.
Converse County’s request was to allow restaurants to serve patrons outside, while officials in Hot Springs, Natrona and Sweetwater asked that restaurants and bars be allowed to offer their customers options for dining inside.
In all cases, certain rules must be followed, such as limiting the number of people at a table to six, placing tables six feet apart, requiring servers to wear face coverings and disinfecting the business several times a day.
In the case of church services, the counties asked for an exception to the state health order limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people to allow services to be conducted in church.
Churches will have to make sure household groups stay six feet away from each other, that anyone coming within six feet of members of the public wear a face mask and that church leaders and staff be screened for symptoms of coronavirus and to determine if they have come in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of the illness.