UPDATE: After Mayor Steve Freel announced pending rules Natrona County was proposing, Natrona County Attorney Eric Nelson announced he had just received word the state was implementing business restrictions that apply across Wyoming. That information is available in this story.
CASPER, Wyo. — Pending approval from state officials, Casper Mayor Steve Freel announced new restrictions on a number of businesses during a Thursday, March 19 press conference.
The restrictions will affect a variety of business, including restaurants, if approved by the state.
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In Natrona County, gatherings would be limited to 10 people.
Bars nightclubs, saloons, taverns, tasting rooms, beauty salons and more would be closed under the proposed order.
Grocery stores would not be affected.
Restaurants would be allowed to remain open under the proposal. But if the county gets a positive case of COVID-19, county health officials could restrict restaurants ability to operate.
Restaurants and coffee shops may be eligible to stay open only for curb-side pick-up, delivery or drive through service. Dine-in service would be prohibited.
Restaurants or coffee shops offering such services would be required to use cleaning measures between transactions. Customers would be discouraged from using cash to avoid the spread of the virus. Online and telephonic credit card transactions are highly encouraged (services like Venmo, Squarecash, Googlepay, ApplePay, etc.).
Staff handling cash or credit cards would not to be involved in the food preparation, handling or delivery process.
For hotel restaurants, only room service or curb-side delivery would be allowed.
Restaurants would be allowed to operate under these rules on a case by case basis. The order would last 14 days under the proposal.
The order is, as stated above, pending state approval.
This story is breaking and will be updated.
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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: email@example.com
- 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.