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Wyoming to allow indoor gatherings and parades under new COVID-19 public health orders

Children gather at the 2019 downtown parade in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Wednesday, June 10 that the state’s COVID-19 related health restrictions will be updated to allow indoor gatherings up to 250 people and will permit parades to occur.

The new public health orders are set to take effect June 15.

“The updated orders allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with restrictions, permit parades to occur (with appropriate social distancing), and allow K-12 schools, community colleges, the University, and other educational institutions to reopen facilities and resume in-person instruction for all students,” Gordon’s office says.

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Gatherings of up to 50 people in confined spaces will be allowed without restrictions. Indoor events of up to 250 people will be allowed with social distancing and increased sanitation measures.

“Faith-based gatherings such as church services and funeral homes are exempted from the new orders and allowed to operate without restrictions, with appropriate social distancing encouraged,” the release adds. “Updates to Public Health Order No. 1 allow childcare facilities to resume normal operations without restrictions on class sizes, and expands the permitted size of group fitness classes to 50 participants. Public Health Order No. 3 no longer requires personal care services to operate by appointment only.” 

Schools, colleges, the University of Wyoming and trade schools will be able to resume in-person instruction for groups of up to 50 people with social distancing guidelines.

“Governor Gordon has continued to urge educational institutions to prepare fully developed reopening plans for the fall that incorporate public safety precautions and ensure smooth transitions to remote learning should new outbreaks occur,” the release states.

The new orders will remain in effect through June 30.

“Wyoming has made outstanding progress to date,” Gordon said. “Folks need to remember that it is important to remain vigilant, but because we have been so successful, I am confident we can continue lifting the very few remaining public health restrictions.”

The state’s COVID-19 dashboard has also been updated with changes to the status of some health measures.

“The number of new cases has changed from ‘concerning to ‘stabilizing’ and the percent of all tests that are positive is now rated as ‘improving,'” Gordon’s office says.  “As of June 10, Wyoming has recorded 768 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, 212 probable cases and 18 deaths.”

The following new public health orders and the COVID-19 dashboard can be found on Wyoming’s COVID-19 website as well:

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: covid@cnchd.org

  • 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.