Masks are once again required in Teton County businesses, schools, and government buildings through Sept. 4. Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer

JACKSON, Wyo. — Today, Teton District Health Officer, Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, received approval to extend the local health order that requires individuals within Teton County, WY, to wear face coverings in certain places, with exceptions. The mask order, Teton District Health Officer Public Health Order #21-3, was initially enacted on March 12, 2021, and will now be in place through May 17, 2021.

The county’s announcement follows yesterday’s news that the Wyoming Department of Health will also continue two of its statewide public health orders.

Dr. Riddell stated that extending the mask mandate in Teton County, WY is a necessary action at this stage.

“Several factors led me to request that our local mask order remains in place for another month. Spring break travel, our county’s popularity as a travel destination, and the presence of more transmissible variants of the virus put our community at risk for another disease spike,” said Dr. Riddell.

“We need to keep the mask order in place until a larger portion of the population in Teton County has had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Wearing masks in public is a straightforward and low-cost way to reduce risk of infection while we vaccinate more people in our community.”

The first extension of Teton District Health Officer Public Health Order #21-3 states that:

  1. All persons over the age of 12 must wear a face covering when inside or in line to enter any business, local or municipal government facility, healthcare facility, or riding in a taxi or public transportation.
  2. All employees of retail or commercial businesses and employees of local and municipal government facilities open to the public are required to wear a face-covering when they are within six feet of customers, clients, volunteers, or other employees.
  3. All businesses must post notices in a clearly visible location stating that face coverings are required.
  4. There are multiple exceptions to the order, including if a person has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering.

The full text of the order, as well as other policies and guidance, can be accessed by clicking here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.