Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Wyoming, US, extend restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Aug. 15.

  • Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 06:10 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Wyoming (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Summary
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has extended current restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least Aug. 15.

Authorities continue to urge residents to wear protective facemasks whenever they are in public and social distancing between people from different households is not possible. The current restrictions allow gatherings of up to 50 people in confined spaces, and events of up to 250 persons if social distancing is enforced. Places of worship and funeral homes can operate without restrictions. Fitness classes of up to 50 people and the operation of personal care services without appointments are also allowed. Schools, colleges, and universities can resume in-person lessons for up to 50 people, with social distancing.

Other businesses can operate, as long as they enhance sanitation procedures, and ensure social distancing measures, including indoor and outdoor service at restaurants, bars, and cafes; cinemas, theaters, and other performance venues; gyms and fitness centers; and retail stores. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks, as well as businesses in the healthcare, agriculture, transport, security, media, and critical infrastructure sectors, are considered essential and have not been subject to mandatory closures.

Local authorities may request state officials to impose differentiated restrictions in their jurisdictions, based on public health concerns. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
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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