Gordon on Good Morning America: Wyoming Handling Coronavirus Well

Gordon told the Good Morning America audience that Wyoming has handled the coronavirus well, is open for business, but is concerned about the budget.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

September 03, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus in the Cowboy State and his message was consistent with what we’ve heard locally for the past six months.

“We’re safe, we’re open for business, and we’ve asked our population to be respectful of those coming and we try to lead by example,” Gordon said.  “We expect people to stay socially distanced … and be respectful by wearing masks when possible.”

Gordon said he continued to be concerned with the spread of the virus but added Wyoming has been fortunate so far because citizens have “exercised good judgment and behaved properly”.

As for the reopening of schools, the governor said the state could see an increase in cases but “people in Wyoming have learned to live with this and are doing a much better job of not trying to press the limits.”

However, Gordon was as gloomy on national TV about the prospects for Wyoming’s economy as he was during last week’s press conference with Wyoming reporters: it’s not going to be good.

“Our communities are going to feel it. They’re going to feel it in our education system, they’re going to feel it in the public sector, and they’re going to feel it in the jobs market,” Gordon said.

On the topic of the upcoming election, Gordon predicted a big turnout in Wyoming for President Trump and did not foresee any problems with absentee voting.

When asked about White House medical advisor Dr. Fauci’s concern about people congregating too closely over Labor Day weekend, Gordon repeated the same advice he’s been giving for months.

“Enjoy our outdoors. Stay healthy and socially distanced. If you can’t be socially distanced, wear a mask,” he said.

“Be respectful of one another and remember the mask it not just for your protection, it’s also to protect those who are with you.  And just enjoy. Our state is open.”

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter