Gordon Revises Public Health Orders; Churches Fully Open

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Beginning June 15, public health orders will allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with restrictions, permit parades to occur with appropriate social distancing and allow K-12 schools, community colleges, the University of Wyoming and other educational institutions to resume in-person learning.

The orders, in effect through June 30, will allow gatherings of up to 50 people in a confined space to occur without restrictions and permit indoor events of up to 250 people with social distancing and increased sanitization measure in place.

Faith-based gatherings such as church services and funeral homes are exempt from the new orders and allowed to operate without restrictions, with appropriate social distancing encouraged.  

“Wyoming has made outstanding progress to date,” Gordon said in a news release. “Folks need to remember that it is important to remain vigilant, but because we have been so successful, I am confident we can continue lifting the very few remaining public health restrictions.”

Wyoming’s coronavirus dashboard has been updated to reflect the improvement in the statewide metrics used to ease restrictions. The number of new cases has changed from “concerning” to “stabilizing” and the percent of all tests that are positive is now rated as “improving.”

The health order updates will also allow childcare facilities to resume normal operations without restrictions on class sizes and expands the permitted size of group fitness classes to 50 participants.

Personal care services will no longer be required to operate by appointment only.

K-12 schools, colleges, UW and trade schools may resume in-person instruction for all students in groups of up to 50 persons with spacing guidelines.

The governor urged educational institutions to prepare fully developed reopening plans for the fall that incorporate public safety precautions and ensure smooth transitions to remote learning should new outbreaks occur. 

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