Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Wyoming, US, to lift some business restrictions starting May 1. Ban on gatherings to remain in place through at least May 15.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Laramie, Wyoming
  • Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • Gillette, Wyoming
  • Sheridan, Wyoming
  • Riverton, Wyoming
  • Cody, Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This alert began 29 Apr 2020 11:23 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Wyoming (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and movement restrictions, significant transport disruptions

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued several orders to lift restrictions on multiple businesses starting May 1, while extending a ban on gatherings of ten people or more through at least May 15, as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Starting May 1, gyms, hair salons, body art shops, and other personal care businesses, as well as child care centers, will be allowed to reopen. Workers in all theses sectors must wear protective face masks, and the number of customers must be limited to ensure a proper distance between them. Employers must screen workers' health and enhance sanitation. Customers at personal care businesses must also wear masks. Other nonessential businesses must remain closed and can only operate with employees working from home.

Gatherings of ten or more people will remain banned until at least May 15. Authorities are likely to maintain an order requiring travelers entering Wyoming to self-quarantine for 14 days since the time of their arrival. Schools, colleges, and universities must remain closed for in-person lessons through at least May 18. Restaurants can only offer services through delivery and pickups. Local authorities may request state officials to impose differentiated restrictions in their jurisdictions, based on public health concerns.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The relaxation of some measures are likely to accelerate in the coming weeks; however, restrictions may be reimposed or extended further should the number of COVID-19 cases increase. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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