County urges bars, restaurants to close early

JACKSON, Wyo. — Noting a recent spike in local transmission of COVID appears to stem, in large part, from late-night gatherings, county health officials today issued a recommendation that restaurants and bars close by 10:00 p.m. to discourage crowding.

Teton County has had 134 cases between July 14-27, according to a press release from the Teton County Health Department.

“Several recent mass exposure events in Teton County and surrounding areas have resulted from improper distancing at crowded bars and restaurants operating late at night. Contact tracing has also revealed transmission of COVID-19 to be occurring at restaurants and bars within Teton County, Wyoming,” the release said.

Public Health Recommendation #9 strongly encourages early closure (10 p.m.) for all restaurants and bars within Teton County, including the city of Jackson. Dine-in service and the in-person service of alcoholic and malt beverages, whether inside or outside, should end no later than 10:00 p.m. This does not include drive-thru and take-out-only facilities.

Recommendation #9 goes into effect on July 30 and will continue through August 15.

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