Some businesses can start to reopen Monday

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell, MD, announced today that Teton County Variance #20-5 will not be extended and will expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11.

Beginning May 11, gyms, nail salons, hair salons, barbershops, massage parlors, tattoo and body art shops, cosmetology, and esthetic service can begin to open under limited capacities. Such businesses will instead follow Statewide Public Health Orders 1 and 3, which outline criteria for reopening.

Under Statewide Health Order #1, gyms can reopen under limited capacity. Staff must wear face coverings and be screened before each shift for COVID-19 symptoms. Locker rooms, saunas, and other shared spaces will remain closed. Workout equipment must be placed at least six feet apart and must be cleaned by staff after each use. No more than nine people can be in one room or section at a time.

State health orders expire May 15.

Allowing the variance to expire at 12:01 a.m. May 11 has been a goal, Riddell said.

“This is a date we have been eyeing for some time as an appropriate interval after having increased COVID-19 testing capability and sustained decrease in newly reported cases. We are pleased that our metrics continue to reflect positively on local control of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Teton County Health Department released an additional appendix of its Teton County Road to Recovery Plan yesterday. Appendix B: Guidelines for Businesses provides more specific public health guidance for different business sectors during each color-coded phase of the COVID-19 emergency.

“We now have specific guidance for these businesses to minimize risk of disease transmission,” Riddell said. “The guidance was developed in coordination with the businesses themselves. Allowing reopening to begin on a Monday, rather than waiting until Friday, when there will most likely be more changes to the Statewide Orders seemed to be logistically feasible as opposed to waiting four more days until Friday, May 15.”

A glimpse at how certain businesses can operate under different risk levels. The general public is generally in “moderate” risk, but there are still certain businesses in high risk.

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