JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Health Officer Travis Riddell will not seek variances to three newly-modified statewide public health orders announced yesterday that allow certain businesses, including bars and restaurants, to reopen.

The three modified health orders take effect Friday, May 15 and remain in effect through Sunday, May 31, unless the Wyoming Department of Health revokes or extends them.

Statewide Order #2 expands the number of people allowed to gather to 25 people. Previously, the number was capped at no more than nine. The order permits larger gatherings for churches, religious organizations, and funeral homes under specified conditions, which include physical distancing measures and detailed sanitation measures.

Teton County residents should contact their local house of worship or funeral home staff for specific information on services.

Modifications to Statewide Order #1 and #3 also include specific physical distancing requirements and increased sanitation measures as well as other conditions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. Under the updated requirements, some of the increased services include:

  • Restaurants and other businesses offering food, beverages, or alcoholic beverages may
    offer indoor and outdoor dining service.
  • Gymnasiums may resume group workout classes and personal training under restrictions
    that also include attendance records for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • Performance venues such as movie theaters and concert halls may re-open in a limited
    capacity.
  • Childcare centers and home daycares will be permitted to have up to 25 people per
    classroom.

No new modifications have been made to Teton County’s Recommendation #7, stating individuals should wear cloth face coverings in public, particularly when in settings where it’s difficult to keep six feet of distance between people.

Teton County Health Department has developed a color-coded public health guidance system that monitors risks to the general public and businesses. The risk categories present a simple, descriptive means to notify the public of the current risk or note when a significant change has occurred. Teton County is now currently in orange.

Teton County’s Roadmap to Recovery Plan, state health orders and county recommendations, and a COVID-19 Response Dashboard with local and state statistics, demographics, and community impacts can all be found at jhcovid.com and the Teton County’s Health Department website.