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Casper College museums requiring visitors to wear face masks

(Tate Geological Museum at Casper College, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Tate Geological Museum at Casper College and the Werner Wildlife Museum at Casper College said on Thursday, July 24 that they have updated their COVID-19 guidelines this week.

“We are requiring everyone to sanitize their hands before they look around the museum (we have sanitizer here) and that everyone wear a mask,” both museum said. “It is difficult to social distance as each visitor moves through the museums at a different pace. Thank you for your cooperation!”

Both museums re-opened on June 1. The Tate Geological Museum are also offering “Tate Talk” videos on their Facebook page.

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COVID-19 guidelines in effect at both locations include the following, according to Casper College:

-We are limiting the number of visitors in the museum to 25 at a time, per Governor Gordon’s orders. This includes the staff working in the museum.

-The summer hours for both museums will be 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. The Werner will be closed on Saturday and the Tate will be open from 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Closing an hour early each day will allow staff to clean and disinfect the museums.

-We are requiring everyone to wear masks out of respect for those staff members with immunocompromised family members and your fellow visitors.

-We will have sanitizing stations available at both museums and will encourage everyone to use them before you begin your visit and again at the end.

-Both the Dino Den and The Lair are closed until further notice. (I know! I’m sorry!)

-Remember to keep 6 feet apart from any visitors who are not in your group and to keep children with you at all times.

-We will wipe down surfaces as often as possible, but please try to keep your hands, and your little one’s hands, to yourself as much as possible.

-We have canceled all summer programming, and will not be giving tours.

-We ask that no large groups (over 8 people) visit the museum.

-Pursuant to the Wyoming Department of Health screening guidelines, DO NOT VISIT THE MUSEUMS if you have any of the following symptoms:


-A new or worsening cough not caused by another health condition

-New or worsening difficulty breathing not caused by another health condition.

-Sore throat.

-New or worsening muscle aches not caused by another health condition.

-New or worsening headache that is not normal for you and not caused by another health condition.

-New loss of sense of taste or smell should stay home.

-Stay home until a minimum of 4 days after the fever has broken.

-Please stay home if you have tested positive, even if you feel better!

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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.