Governor Gordon and State Health Officer issue statewide closure order for public spaces

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Mark Gordon has endorsed a decision by the Wyoming State Health Officer to close public places for a two-week period to help slow the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The closure order extends through April 3 and includes schools, theaters, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, employee cafeterias, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, gyms, conference rooms and museums. 

“This Governor has never been inclined to overstep local authority, but these are unprecedented times. It is critical that there is uniformity across the state in how social distancing measures are implemented,” Governor Mark Gordon said.

“Wyoming, like all Americans, must commit to reducing the strain on our healthcare system. These are hard measures and they will be difficult for employees and businesses alike, but they are warranted.”

Restaurants will be closed to dine-in food service, but may remain open for curbside take-out or drive-through food service. Under the order, childcare centers will be closed except for those serving essential personnel. 

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, said “We realize this action will be very difficult for many of our residents. But it is an important step to help them avoid becoming ill and to help them avoid spreading COVID-19 to those who are most vulnerable. We should all work together to help keep our friends and neighbors safe.”

Wyoming currently has 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the Wyoming Public Health laboratory has completed nearly 300 tests, as of March 19, 2020. Additional testing is occurring at commercial laboratories.  A nationwide shortage of testing supplies is impacting Wyoming, like all states. Social distancing measures are the most effective means of slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to Dr. Harrist. 

 While most individuals will likely not experience serious illness related to COVID-19, older residents and people with certain health conditions put them at higher risk of developing a serious or life-threatening illness.

Governor Gordon, First Lady Jennie Gordon to host Fireside Chat at 6:30 pm tonight

Governor Gordon and First Lady Jennie Gordon will host a fireside chat at 6:30 pm tonight to communicate directly with Wyoming citizens about COVID-19. The chat will be streamed live on the Governor’s Facebook page.

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1 year ago

Thank you!

Geri Heustess
1 year ago

What about Beauty Shops?

Dumb B.
1 year ago

What a joke. What’s next? Marshal law?

1 year ago
Reply to  Dumb B.

Why would this be a joke? We will Never be able to gauge if what was done was an overreaction or we did too much but it will be abundantly clear if we under reacted or under reacted.

Harriett Oleson
1 year ago
Reply to  Dumb B.

Not taking a world wide pandemic seriously is truly a joke. Folks who aren’t serious will be the ones who spreads the virus everywhere.. Do you want your political attitude to be responsible for anyone’s death? In 1918 the flu pandemic caused 50 MILLION deaths. Surely with modern medicine and communications, we can avoid such numbers. That is if everyone can be smarter than to call a pandemic “a joke” .. Come on man – be part of the solution not part of the problem. So we ALL can return to our normal lives as soon as possible…

Dennis Fox
1 year ago

We are in the critical Virus Mitigation phase and the most important thing we can all do is Slow the Spread of the virus, by limiting human contact. “Stay Healthy, Stay Home” will Stop the Spread of Covid-19.