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Health officer: Don’t mingle in gyms when they reopen


When gyms reopen in Wyoming on May 1, exercise and leave.

That’s the basic advice given by State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist and Governor Mark Gordon during a live briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

Gyms, along with barber shops, solons and tattoo parlors will be allowed to reopen with specific guidelines on May 1 as Gordon slowly eases health restrictions put into place in March to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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The guidelines include wearing face coverings, observing social distancing and limiting the total number of people to no more than ten inside a confined space, including employees.

Social gatherings in gyms is being strongly discouraged.

“Exercise and good fitness are very important for public health,” said Harrist, “and certainly one of the considerations is opening up gyms with careful social distancing measures.”

“We’re asking the public to use it as a place of exercise,” she continued. “I know it’s going to be hard to resist the urge to go gather and talk with the other people at the gym, many are friends and colleagues, but try to resist that and stay six feet away from everyone as much as possible, have some long distance conversations.”

Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said during the briefing that businesses need to go through the guidelines and promote how they’ll meet them.

“Probably at the beginning especially, erring on the side of safety and concern beyond the guidelines and ensuring people feel safe and can begin to come back,” said Dorrell.

“If I was the owner of a gym, I’d make sure that I did everything I could to sanitize and keep those social distancing rules as well,” added Gordon.

“I think when we open these businesses, the last thing they want is to be the place where things go wrong,” he said.

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:

  • 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.