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Governor says Wyoming camping restrictions may be relaxed


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said during a press conference on Thursday, April 23 that the state is considering possibly relaxing overnight camping restrictions in Wyoming State Parks.

Camping in state parks in Wyoming have been closed since March 30 due to COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We are thinking about relaxing some of the restrictions [for camping at Wyoming State Parks],” Gordon said. “Frankly one of the big reasons why we considered closing those was to make sure we didn’t have congregations there at night with bonfires, etc.”

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“I think people are beginning to understand what this new normal is going to look like for 2020 and as such probably have better practices and behaviors.”

Gordon noted that Curt Gowdy State Park was reportedly busy last weekend with all Wyoming State Parks open for day-use activities. He added that restrictions at state parks as well as rules for public events are part of the discussion as the state considers relaxing COVID-19 related orders.

“There are things like public events that we are looking at as we move forward,” he said.

During the press conference, Gordon discussed a plan to move into a new phase of COVID-19 resrictions across the state. Rules may vary from county to county depending on their situation.

Modified orders are expected to be released next week. Gordon said the modified orders will extend through May 15 but will “likely” allow barber shops, cosmetologists and gymnasiums to re-open in some counties.

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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:

  • 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.