Changes to Public Health Orders Related to COVID-19
December 2020

Summary
➔ Changes to the current public health orders will take effect on December 9, 2020 and will expire on January 8, 2021.

➔ The changes include:
◆ Implementation of a statewide face covering order.
◆ Bars and restaurants will be closed from 10PM to 5AM for onsite consumption.
◆ Groups of patrons seated together at bars, restaurants, theaters, concert halls, and large events will be limited to 6.
◆ Group workout classes at gyms will be limited to 10 individuals.
◆ Gatherings without required distancing will be limited to 10 individuals.

Additional detail on the changes to each public health order is provided below.

New Statewide Face Covering Order (Order #4)
A new order will be issued requiring individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces.

Changes to Public Health Order #1
➔ Bars and restaurants must close for onsite consumption from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
◆ Bars and restaurants may continue to provide takeout and delivery options during these hours, to the extent authorized by law.
◆ Restaurants in travel centers and truck stops will not be ordered to close.
➔ Tables and booths at restaurants and bars must be limited to groups of 6 (previously 8) but an exception may be made for groups larger than 6 if they are from the same household.
➔ Groups of patrons seated together at movie theaters, performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls must be limited to 6 but an exception may be made for groups larger than 6 if they are from the same household.
➔ Group workout classes in gyms are limited to 10 participants (previously 25).

Changes to Public Health Order #2
➔ Gatherings (without required distancing between groups) are limited to 10 individuals (previously 25).
➔ Indoor events may allow more than 10 individuals but no more than 25% of venue capacity with a maximum of 100 people.
➔ Outdoor events may allow more than 10 individuals but no more than 50% of venue capacity with a maximum of 250 people.
➔ Groups of attendees seated together at any event must be limited to 6 (previously 8) but an exception may be made for groups larger than 6 if they are from the same household.
➔ Participants in organized sporting events and artistic performances shall not congregate in groups larger than 12 individuals (was 25).

Changes to Public Health Order #3
➔ There are no changes to public health order #3 at this time.

View the complete orders below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2020
CONTACT: Michael Pearlman, Communications Director
 
Governor Gordon Announces Assistance Program for Businesses Impacted by Early Closures
 
CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Business Council, and the Wyoming Department of Health are all working together to quickly roll out a relief program to businesses that now have reduced hours of operation.

Governor Gordon has maintained the importance of keeping businesses open, and while hours are reduced for the next several weeks this business support effort is critical.

“I want to thank everyone for joining together to protect their communities and also to support local businesses,” Governor Gordon said. “We hope to have final details available this week and to start taking applications for relief funding for business owners who are helping to save lives by reducing their hours.”

The program will use federal CARES Act dollars to reimburse restaurants and bars for income lost during the hours of 10 pm to 5 am. The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association (WLRA) and the Wyoming State Liquor Association (WSLA) are helping to notify their members about the opportunity.

With Congress still debating an emergency stimulus package, the timing of the program will depend on availability of relief funding. Additional federal stimulus funds or an extension of the December 30th, 2020 CARES Act deadline could allow additional dollars to be directed towards this program.

“I have been working with legislative leaders so we can quickly change state laws if Congress does act and provides new relief to the states. I appreciate their efforts to prepare and be ready to act quickly,” Governor Gordon said.

The Wyoming Business Council plans to release additional information about the program later this week. The WLRA and WSLA will also be distributing this information to their members as soon as it becomes available.

“We appreciate the Governor’s efforts to help offset the financial impacts some of our members will experience, and we thank him for working with industry on keeping our businesses and employees whole,” said Mike Moser, Executive Director of the Wyoming State Liquor Association.

“This relief program is welcome news and an opportunity for the Wyoming hospitality industry to address lost revenues,” said Chris Brown, Executive Director of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association. 
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