Despite baseball's return, 'WYO Night at the Rockies' cancelled amid COVID-19 - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Despite baseball’s return, ‘WYO Night at the Rockies’ cancelled amid COVID-19

Coors Field is seen on April 25, 2015. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Major League Baseball is expected to return on July 23 or 24, according to the Associated Press.

The season has been shortened to 60 games due to COVID-19 and some game rules have been modified with player safety in mind.

CBS Sports reported on Thursday that government restrictions are likely to keep fans out of ballparks “at least at the start of the season” but said that states like Texas are considering rules to allow some fans to attend games at some point.

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While baseball will be back, COVID-19 will affect events that typically coincide with games throughout the season. The Cowboy Joe Club, which raises funding for the University of Wyoming’s athletics programs, said on Wednesday that an event they had planned for a Colorado Rockies game will not go on.

“Although MLB is back, the WYO Night at the Rockies will not occur this year at Coors Field,” the Cowboy Joe Club said. “We look forward to partnering with the Rockies & the University of Wyoming Alumni Association for an outing in 2021.”

“If you purchased tickets for this event, please contact the Rockies Box Office directly to talk through refund or credit.”

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.