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Extended Halloween hours for Casper bars may be spiked by COVID-19

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo — The Casper City Council will hold a special meeting  Saturday, October 31, to consider rescinding an Oct. 20 resolution allowing Casper liquor establishments to remain open until 3:00 am.

“[Due] to the rapid spike in COVID-19 cases and the increase in hospitalizations in Casper, Wyoming, it is in the interests of public health and safety that [the Resolution extending liquor operators’ hours] be repealed and the hours of liquor license establishments shall be curtailed by two hours to midnight…” the draft resolution reads.

According to a city memo Friday, the resolution comes at the request of the Health Department and Health Officers, with oversight by the Casper Police Department.

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Wyoming saw a record number of new lab confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday. 431 new cases were reported by the Wyoming Health Department. 60 of them were in Natrona County.

The Municipal Code allows the city council to modify the hours of operation allowed for liquor establishments for up to four days each year. The council approved The Gaslight Social’s request for a 2-hour extension of operations (effectively 3 hours given the ending of Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 am Sunday), and extended it to all liquor establishments on Oct. 20.

The Casper City Council will vote on the resolution at the special meeting Saturday at 1:00 pm.

From the City of Casper:

“Please note that COVID-19 precautions are in effect at Council meetings. All Council meetings including Work Sessions are held in Chambers. Entrance to the meetings is the east door off David Street. Upon entry you will be asked to sign-in for contact tracing purposes. Face coverings are encouraged. Seating has been gridded into six feet distances, and seating capacity for the public is fifteen seats.

“Public input via email is encouraged: CouncilComments@casperwy.gov

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.