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Indoor face mask mandates still finding support in Wyoming, survey shows

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CASPER, Wyo. — Support for ordinances requiring people to wear face masks while indoors when visiting public places is on the decline in Wyoming, results of a Sept. 8 survey show.

However, the WyoSpeaks survey conducted by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center still found, as did surveys in July and August, that a majority would either “somewhat” or “strongly” support requiring face masks in indoor public spaces.

While 47% of respondents indicated they would “strongly support” an ordinance requiring face masks be worn in indoor public places in the August WyoSpeaks survey, only 40.4% said the same in September. The percentage who would somewhat support such an ordinance remained relatively flat:

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62% of respondents said that in the two weeks prior to the September survey, they “always/often” wear a face mask when in indoor public places. That’s a decline of 4% from August:

While a majority oppose ordinances requiring people wear face masks at outdoor public events, Wyomingites would be more likely to attend if face masks were required, the survey indicates. 40.3% said they would be more likely to attend while 22.7% indicated it that wouldn’t impact their decision one way or another.

If face masks are only optional at outdoor public events, 39% said they would be less likely to attend. 22.7% said such a policy would make them more likely to attend while 38.3% said it makes no difference:

The September survey was sent to 1,388 WyoSpeaks panel members and 503 responded. Respondents included people in age brackets ranging from 18-24 all the way up to the highest age bracket of 75+ and included responses from people in each Wyoming county.

The survey also asked a number of other questions. Oil City will provide further reporting on those results. Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center research can be accessed online.


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.