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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.”

“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.

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.