By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Gov. Mark Gordon has issued the newest health orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, reducing allowable crowd sizes at both inside and outside gatherings.
Gordon said the move will ease the pressure on the state’s health care system and preserve the viability of the state’s economy.
The new health orders, which take effect Monday, will not require the closure of any businesses. The orders will limit inside and outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people without restrictions.
“We have said from the start that data would drive our approach,” Gordon said. “With this spike, we must respond to these new conditions. We have seen that larger gatherings are playing a role in the spread of this disease.”
If physical distancing measures are employed, gatherings for indoor events are limited to 25% of venue capacity with a maximum of 100 people.
Gatherings for outdoor events are limited to 50% of venue capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Faith-based gatherings are exempt.
Church services, funeral homes, parades and other specified businesses are also exempt from the gathering limits listed in the new orders. There are no changes to operations of K-12 Schools, child care facilities, restaurants and performance spaces.
“These measures are intended to assist our healthcare system in meeting unprecedented demands for services, assure that in-classroom education can continue, and importantly keep Wyoming’s people working and her businesses open,” Gordon said. “We have reached out extensively to our business community across the state and will continue to do so. We heard a clear message from them that they want to work cooperatively to ensure our economy, workforce and general public are healthy.”
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, the governor is also asking Wyoming residents to celebrate safely.
“Thanksgiving is a special day for families. This virus is insidious and it strikes even at family gatherings where we are tempted to let our guard down,” he said. “Jennie and I encourage families to be careful this Thanksgiving and to keep gatherings smaller to protect their loved ones. We also wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.”
The new orders remain in effect until Dec. 15 and may be revised earlier if needed.