Barber shops, salons, massage parlors shut down by state

JACKSON, Wyo. — A third statewide executive order issued today bans most one-to-one non-essential personal services in Wyoming.

Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist announced the executive order that takes effect tomorrow, March 25 and extends through April 3. The mandate focuses on businesses where appropriate social distancing measures are not practical. The closure applies to nail salons, hair salons and barber shops; cosmetology, electrology and esthetic services; massage parlors; and tattoo, body art and piercing shops. Medically necessary services such as physical therapy providers may remain open.

“While I understand the impact and sympathize with those most affected by these measures, especially small business owners, I support Dr. Harrist’s recommendation because this is about saving lives,” Gordon said. “We have tried to navigate a thoughtful course, but as COVID-19 spreads through our communities, we must take this action now.”

Dr. Harrist added, “People who are ill with COVID-19 can easily spread this disease to others to anyone nearby if they cough or sneeze. Staying away from others as much as possible helps protect all of us, including those who are most vulnerable to illness complications.”

This order supplements previous statewide orders issued March 19 and March 20 closing certain public spaces and prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more in a single room or confined space.

Gov. Gordon also put in place a 90-day grace period for driver’s licenses expiring between March 15 and June 1, and suspended non-commercial driving tests for 90 days. Commercial driving tests will continue but with possible onsite health screenings.

Gov. Gordon also directed the Wyoming Business Council to give distilleries and breweries funding to convert their operations to produce hand-sanitizer.

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