By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Updated state public health orders will allow more people to gather at outdoor events beginning Aug. 16, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday.
A news release from Gordon’s office said outdoor venues will be allowed to seat 50% of their capacity up to a maximum of 1,000 people allowed. Social distancing and increased sanitization measures must be in place.
Attendance at indoor gatherings in confined spaces remains limited to 50 people without restrictions, 250 if social distancing and sanitzation measures are incorporated.
“We are seeing promising trends but we want to continue to exercise caution as schools around the state prepare for reopening,” Gordon said in the release. “We have seen outdoor events occur safely this summer and we want to ensure that schools are able to host spectators for their outdoor activities this fall.”
The public health restrictions that apply to restaurants, bars, gyms and performance spaces will remain in place through Aug. 31.
Faith-based gatherings such as church services and funerals will continue to be permitted to operate without restrictions, with appropriate social distancing encouraged.
Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged 30 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day, with 412 new cases confirmed since July 29. From July 12 through 26, Wyoming averaged 37 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day with 523 lab-confirmed cases reported.
The Wyoming Department of Health and Gordon continue to recommend the use of face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart. On Wyoming’s COVID-19 dashboard the categories of number of new cases and new hospitalizations continue to be rated “concerning.”