CASPER, Wyo — Effective January 9, updated Wyoming public health orders will permit bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption from 10 pm to 5 am, Governor Mark Gordon’s office announced Saturday.
The updated public health orders will also allow gyms to increase the number of participants in group fitness classes from 10 to 25.
The 19th Continuation of the orders are effective January 9 and expire on January 25.
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Gordon praised the response by Wyoming citizens that has resulted in a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations around the state.
“Thank you to the people of Wyoming who recognized the strain on their hospitals and health care workers and acted accordingly,” Gordon said.
“I also want to express my gratitude to those businesses that adapted to these temporary measures. These have not been easy times for anyone We are not out of the woods yet, but continued personal safety measures while the vaccine is being distributed will enable our state’s schools and businesses to continue to remain open.”
The release notes, however that December was the deadliest month yet for Wyoming during the pandemic, with 223 COVID-19-related deaths
The Wyoming Department of Health will continue to evaluate metrics as the state emerges from the holiday season, the governor’s release said Saturday. Counties can still opt out of the requirements if local conditions move to safer levels in accordance with White House metrics.
From the release:
On December 30, Wyoming hospitals were reporting 113 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, down from a peak of 247 on November 30. However, the state reported 223 COVID-19 deaths in December, the highest number since the pandemic began in March. Wyoming has also begun distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, utilizing a phased approach due to limited initial vaccine availability.
The new orders can be accessed here:
- 19th Continuation Public Health Order #1.pdf
- 19th Continuation Public Health Order #2.pdf
- 19th Continuation Public Health Order #3.pdf
The updated health orders, along with additional information on Wyoming’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, can be found on Wyoming’s COVID-19 website.
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.