Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced Tuesday the extension of the Public Health Orders. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
The Public Health Orders have been extended an additional two weeks through September 30. One change has been made to order #1, which now permits indoor close-contact group activities and sports to occur in all settings. Governor Gordon cited a desire to see the impacts of Labor Day weekend and the reopening of schools for in-person learning before taking additional steps and further easing the health orders.
Restrictions on outdoor gatherings were eased in August and outdoor contact sports commenced at that time. Health officials have been able to continuously evaluate the easing of those restrictions and the resulting impact. There were minimal issues identified as a result of outdoor contact sports resuming. Health officials will continue to take specific, measured steps in the easing of orders, as conditions warrant. The Governor and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist noted that the procedures implemented by school districts across the state have been largely successful in limiting the spread of the virus. Protocols including social distancing and mask usage by staff and students have been effective in preventing widespread outbreaks. To date no school buildings in Wyoming have been required to close.