State, county sign Public Health Order, effective immediately

JACKSON, Wyo. — UPDATE: To give businesses more time to adjust, enforcement of the order will not begin until Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m.

The State Health Officer has signed a Public Health Order that will close certain public places and place restrictions on restaurants in Teton County.

The order closes all theaters, bars, coffee and tea shops, tasting rooms, employee cafeterias, self-service buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, night clubs, saloons, country clubs, plus all communal pools, hot tubs, locker rooms, conference rooms, museums, and fitness centers.

According to the order, restaurants, including coffee shops that operate like a restaurant and serve food, may remain open if the restaurant notifies Teton County Environmental Health that they intend to remain open and prohibit all dine-in food service. Cash payment is strongly discouraged. It is strongly encouraged to use online payment apps where possible.

For hotel restaurants, food service is only permitted by curbside or room service.

Under the order, delivery is allowed but protocols must be followed to ensure germs are not spreading.

The order does not include retail, grocery or pharmacy.

The order is effective immediately and is in effect for 14 days. It can be extended or stopped if necessary.

Another order is also in effect that forbids large gatherings of over 50 people. Each order overrides the emergency ordinance passed by the town council on Saturday.

Town councilors will still meet at 3 p.m. to discuss the order and other pressing COVID-19 concerns. The meeting can be streamed online.

Effective immediately, the following are hereby closed for all of Teton County including Jackson, Wyoming:

  • All theaters (film or stage)
  • Bars
  • All coffee/tea shops
  • Employee Cafeterias
  • Self-serve buffets
  • Salad bars
  • Unpackaged self-serve food services
  • Nightclubs/Saloons/Taverns
  • All communal pools, hot tubs, locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms, fitness centers, gyms, conference rooms, and spas
  • All museums
  • Tasting Rooms

All restaurants may remain open, if, and only if, the restaurant notifies Teton County Environmental Health that they intend to remain open and will follow the procedures listed below:

Prohibit all dine-in food service, whether inside or outside the establishment and prohibition on admitting guests, patrons, customers inside the establishment.

Curbside take out or drive thru food service is permitted. Cash payments are strongly discouraged. Staff who take cash or credit card payments shall use cleansing measures between transactions, including use of best practices issued by Teton County Environmental Health. Online and telephonic credit card transactions are highly encouraged. Staff who handle cash or credit cards shall not be involved in preparation, handling, or delivery of food.

Employees must take food items to the curb and give the items to the patron or customer through the car window.

For hotel restaurants, food items may only be delivered as room service or curbside service as described above.

Management shall and must ensure, on a daily basis, that no employee who presents symptoms of illness will be permitted to work.

This is a developing story and is being updated with additional information as it becomes available. 

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