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Wyoming cancellations and closures caused by coronavirus

From the What Wyoming needs to know about coronavirus series
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State's order:

Gov. Mark Gordon and state Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist have announced widespread closures for March 19 through April 3.

Their order applies to:

  • K-12 schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Trade schools
  • Bars
  • Movie and performance theaters
  • Gymnasiums
  • Food courts
  • Cafes
  • Coffeehouses
  • "Other similar places of public
  • accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption"
  • Taverns
  • Brew pubs
  • Breweries
  • Microbreweries
  • Distillery pubs
  • Wineries
  • Tasting rooms
  • Special licensees
  • Clubs
  • "Other places of public
  • accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption"
  • Cigar bars
  • Opera houses
  • Concert halls
  • Music halls

Restaurants and child care facilities can only operate during that time under the following circumstances:

Restaurants:

"Encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. Online and telephonic credit card transactions are strongly encouraged. In offering food or beverage, a place of public accommodation may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another while on premises. For hotel restaurants, food items may only be delivered as room service or as described above. Management shall ensure, on a daily basis, that no employee who presents symptoms of illness will be permitted to work."

Child care facilities and home day cares:

"Child care centers or home daycares that provide care for children of essential personnel may continue to operate to provide child care for children of essential personnel. ... In circumstances where a child care center or home daycare remains open, the center or home is required to have fewer than 10 people in a room or together at any time, including for meals or recreation. Further, a child care center or home daycare that remains open is required to follow all health guidelines from the CDC and Wyoming Department of Health for limiting the risk of transmission of COVID-19, to the extent possible when caring for children. As childcare is a critical part of the infrastructure of Wyoming, allowing essential systems to function, in the event a county health officer wants to close a childcare facility under the direction and supervision of the State Health Officer, the County Health Officer shall work with local childcare providers to make available limited childcare services for essential personnel."

The state defines "essential personnel" as:

  • "Staff and providers of childcare and education services, including custodial and kitchen staff and other support staff, who do not do their work remotely;
  • "Providers of healthcare including, but not limited to, employees of clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care and post-acute care facilities, respite houses, designated agencies, emergency medical
  • services, as well as necessary custodial, kitchen, administrative, and other support staff;
  • "Criminal justice personnel including those in law enforcement, courts, and correctional services;
  • "Public health employees;
  • "Firefighters, Wyoming National Guard personnel called to duty for responding to COVID-19, and other first responders;
  • "State employees determined to be essential for response to the COVID19 crisis;
  • "Active duty military staff;
  • "Pharmacy staff;
  • "Foster families with children through grade 8;
  • "2-1-1 and 9-1-1 call center staff; critical infrastructure and utility workers, including electrical, plumbing, telecommunications, water, and wastewater operators, workers, and staff;
  • "State, municipal, and commercial public works and sanitation crews;
  • "Grocery and food supply workers;
  • "Supply chain, postal, and delivery drivers and warehouse workers;
  • "Manufacturers of medical devices, equipment, testing equipment, and supplies; and
  • "fuel distribution workers."

The order does not apply to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Markets
  • Retail stores that offer food
  • Convenience stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Drug stores
  • Food pantries
  • Room service in hotels
  • Other "places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption"
  • Health care facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Congregate care facilities
  • Juvenile justice facilities
  • Crisis shelters or similar institutions
  • Airport concessionaires
  • Any emergency facilities necessary for the response to the events surrounding the public health emergency and state of emergency caused by COVID-19

The order does allow some school functions:

  • K-12 "administrative staff and teachers may continue to work in school buildings to facilitate distance learning or to complete administrative tasks. Food may still be prepared to be made available to those in need, as directed by school superintendents. Classes may still be offered online at the discretion of the school."
  • College or university "administrative staff and teachers may continue to work in facility buildings to facilitate distance learning or to complete administrative tasks. Food may still be prepared to be made available to those in need. Classes may still be offered online at the discretion of the college, university or trade school.

Additionally, Gordon and Harrist issued another order March 20 that forbids gatherings of 10 or more people, with the following exceptions, until April 3:

  • "Hotels and motels for lodging purposes;
  • "Livestock auctions;
  • "Groups of workers being transported to a location for their jobs;
  • "Government business, military and National Guard facilities, law enforcement, jails, secure treatment centers, and correctional facilities, including any facility operated by the Wyoming Department of Corrections, and any facility used to respond to natural disasters or public health emergencies;
  • "State and local government facilities, including government service centers;
  • "Relief facilities, including food pantries and shelter facilities;
  • "Residential buildings;
  • "Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores;
  • "Truck stops, gas stations and auto-repair facilities;
  • "Retail or business establishments, where more than ten (10) people may be present but are generally not within six (6) feet of one another;
  • "Healthcare facilities, including hospitals, medical facilities, home health agencies, personal care agencies, hospices, adult family homes, mental health centers, and pharmacies;
  • "Alcohol and drug treatment centers; and
  • "Long-term care and assisted living facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as long as the facility complies with guidance and directives from the CDC, the Wyoming Department of Health and Apporpriate licensing and regulatory agencies."

The order defines gatherings as "any planned or spontaneous event, public or private, bringing together, or likely bringing together, ten (10) people or more in a single room or a single confined space at the same time."

Have questions about these orders? Read our explainer here.

Closures not ordered by state:

The following closures have been put into place either before or in addition to the state's requirements. 

K-12 schools:

  • Natrona County School District (closed until April 5; free takeaway meals to everyone 18 and under from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at Verda James Elementary, Paradise Valley Elementary, Midwest School, Lincoln Elementary and Casper Recreation Center)
  • Albany County School District No. 1 (spring break until March 20, evaluating situation)
  • Big Horn County School District No. 1 (closed until April 3)
  • Big Horn County School District No. 2 (closed until April 3)
  • Big Horn County School District No. 3 (closed until March 20, evaluating situation past this week)
  • Big Horn County School District No. 4 (emergency meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 17 to approve plan going forward)
  • Campbell County County School District No. 1 (through April 3)
  • Carbon County School District No. 1 (closed until April 3)
  • Carbon County School District No. 1 (spring break until March 20, evaluating situation)
  • Converse County School District No. 2 (closed until April 5)
  • Converse County School District No. 2 (closed until April 5)
  • Crook County School District No. 1 (closed until further notice)
  • Fremont County School District No. 1 (closed through April 3; free sack breakfast and lunch at Gannett Peak Elementary from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting March 17)
  • Fremont County School District No. 2 
  • Fremont County School District No. 6
  • Fremont County School District No. 14 (closed for two weeks)
  • Fremont County School District No. 21 (closed March 17 until April 6; will deliver meals once a day starting March 17)
  • Fremont County School District No. 14 (closed until March 30)
  • Fremont County School District No. 24 (closed until March 27)
  • Fremont County School District No. 25 (closed until April 6)
  • Fremont County School District No. 38 (closed until April 3)
  • Goshen County School District No. 1 (closed through April 3)
  • Hot Springs County School District No. 1 (closed through April 3)
  • Johnson County School District No. 1
  • Laramie County School District No. 1 (closed until April 7)
  • Laramie County School District No. 2 (closed through April 3)
  • Lincoln County School District No. 1 (open until March 19; spring break March 23-27; evaluating situation at March 27 school board meeting)
  • Lincoln County School District No. 2 (closed until April 3)
  • Niobrara County School District No. 1 (closed until April 3)
  • Park County School District No. 1 (closed until April 3)
  • Park County School District No. 6 (closed through April 3)
  • Park County School District No. 16 (closed until April 3)
  • Platte County School District No. 1 (spring break until March 20; evaluating situation)
  • Platte County School District No. 2 (until April 6; food service for everyone 18 and under begins March 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in multipurpose room)
  • Sheridan County School District No. 1 (closed through April 3)
  • Sheridan County School District No. 2 (closed through April 3)
  • Sheridan County School District No. 3 (closed until April 3)
  • St. Stephens Indian School (until March 27)
  • St. Margaret’s Catholic School (until April 6)
  • Sublette County School District No. 1 (closed until April 3)
  • Sublette County School District No. 9 (closed until March 24; evaluating situation at March 23 school board meeting)
  • Sweetwater School District No. 1 (closed until April 6)
  • Sweetwater School District No. 2 (closed through April 3)
  • Teton County School District (until April 5)
  • Uinta County School District No. 1 (closed through April 3)
  • Uinta County School District No. 4 (closed through April 5)
  • Uinta County School District No. 6 (closed until April 3)
  • Washakie County School District No. 1 (closed through April 3)
  • Washakie County School District No. 2 (closed through April 3)
  • Weston County School District No. 1 (closed until further notice)
  • Weston County School District No. 7 (closed until further notice; lunch available for everyone 18 and under at the elementary entry between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday)

Colleges:

  • University of Wyoming (spring break until March 30, online classes afterward)
  • All Wyoming community colleges (extended spring break, online classes afterward)
  • Wyoming Catholic College (all classes online until April 14)
  • NOLS programming (all field-based through May 11; all classroom-based through April 23) 

Municipalities:

  • Casper non-essential fire, police and medical services
  • City of Evansville
  • Town of Mills
  • City of Gillette offices, municipal court, Citizen Advisory Boards, fingerprinting services, animal adoptions (city office and city attorney can still be reached by phone and email; Engineering Division, Geographic Information Systems and customer service are working remotely; Building Inspection is issuing permits and making limited inspections; Human Resources is staffed but not conducting job interviews)
  • City of Riverton offices, non-essential police services
  • Town of Saratoga offices; city hall; and police, fire, public works and water treatment facilities
  • Campbell County Fire Department facilities
  • City of Cheyenne (public meetings now to be held electronically instead of being canceled; mayor and staff working remotely with in-person meetings and public speaking engagements postponed; city attorney's office working remotely except prosecuting attorney; municipal and juvenile court moving most cases, staying open to receive payments and paperwork; engineering operations continuing electronically; treasurer's department working remotely except for payroll functions; planning and development working remotely; public works working remotely; human resources working remotely — all through March 27)
  • Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities' buildings (starting March 17)
  • Powell City Hall lobby
  • Converse County Courthouse (starting March 19)

Additional closures:

  • Star-Tribune offices
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • All Wyoming High School Activities Association practices, competitions and activities (until April 6)
  • Nicolaysen Art Museum (until Natrona County School District reopens)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming (until schools reopen)
  • YMCA of Natrona County
  • WyoMovies theaters
  • Hogadon Basin Ski Area (rest of season)
  • Wind River Hotel & Casino
  • Natrona County Library
  • Yellowstone National Park Albright Visitor Center, Boiling River soaking/swimming area 
  • Casper Housing Authority offices (staff available by phone or email)
  • Backwards Distilling Company tasting room
  • Wyo Central Federal Credit Union lobby in Casper (drive-thru remains open)
  • Little Wind Casino
  • Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel
  • 789 Smokeshop and Casino
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe
  • Cheyenne Transit Program non-paratransit bus routes (for two weeks)
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Snow King Mountain Resort
  • Grand Targhee resort
  • Casper Recreation Center
  • Casper Aquatics Center
  • Casper Ice Arena
  • Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
  • Cheyenne Compost Facility
  • Cheyenne Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • Laramie County Library System facilities and programming, including Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, The Library Café, Burns Branch Library, Pine Bluffs Branch Library and bookmobile (through at least April 3)
  • Fremont County public libraries (through April 3)
  • Wind River Transit Authority (closed March 16)
  • Jackson Hole News&Guide office
  • Sheridan County Public Library, all locations (through March 31)
  • Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department facilities (activities, leagues and programs are postponed)
  • Cheyenne Botanic Gardens (for two weeks)
  • City of Cheyenne recreation programs and activities, including Ice and Events (until March 27)
  • All Cheyenne Civic Center events through May 15 (Michael W Smith, Jo Koy, Cars, MountainFilm on Tour, Riverdance, Home Free, Fab Four)
  • Ucross
  • Interfaith of Natrona County (until April 6)
  • All non-essential businesses in Teton County
  • Sweetwater County Historical Museum (remains open to handle research requests and outreach programs​)
  • Lobbies of Platte Valley Bank locations in Casper and Cheyenne
  • Natrona County Nordic Trail Center
  • Heart Mountain Interpretive Center (until April 1)
  • The Office Bar and Grill (closed as of March 20)
  • Pro Image Sports in the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne
  • Self Help Center (until April 5; people can still call the hotline at 307-235-8214)
  • COMBAT Color fun run

Canceled or indefinitely suspended:

  • All in-person portions of the presidential Democratic caucus
  • All University of Wyoming athletics competitions
  • Catholic Masses in Wyoming
  • Routine meetings and activities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints normally held at local church buildings
  • All Cam-Plex events (until April 5)
  • Lemonade Day 2020
  • Central Wyoming Homebuilders Association Home and Garden Show (March 20-22)
  • All Special Olympics Wyoming events (through end of May)
  • First three rodeos of the Central Rocky Mountain Region spring season
  • Northwest College’s 2020 Juried Student Photography Show
  • Queen Bee Redhatters luncheon (March 19)
  • Casper Elks Lodge Casino Night (March 21)
  • Wyoming Chapter National Football Foundation annual banquet (Laramie, March 21)
  • Casper Chamber Music Society concert with Feste Fantini and Trinkle Brass Works (March 22)
  • Artcore's Enchantment Theater show
  • Artcore's Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company show
  • Wyoming Food for Thought Project's Winter Maker Market (until further notice)
  • Friends of the Library book sale and associated pre-sales (April 2, 3 and 4, Casper)
  • Casper Youth Baseball practices (until April 6)
  • 30th Annual Casper Youth Basketball Tournament
  • AAU volleyball (at least next three weekends, including Riverton volleyball tournament)
  • Wyoming State Master Gardeners Conference (April 17-18)
  • Rendezvous Spring Festival in Jackson
  • Wyoming Untrapped workshops (March 23-26)
  • Wind River Hotel & Casino's Club 55 promotions (as of March 24)
  • All theater events at Jackson's Center for the Arts (through May 10)
  • Gillette City Council regular meeting March 17 (special meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Calan concert March 20 at Broadway Theater in Rock Springs
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival’s “Romeo and Juliet” April 1 at the Broadway Theater in Rock Springs
  • Unclaimed Property Division of the Wyoming State Treasurer's Office outreach visits March 17 in Lusk and Glenrock, March 18 in Douglas
  • Natrona County Republican Women's March 17 lunch meeting.
  • Johnson County Library programming
  • Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce events through April 3 (includes 2020 Black & White Soiree and Annual Banquet Awards, Pancakes & Politics, Java with Mary Jane, March MAC Luncheon, Business After Hours at Tyrrell Auto Group, Red Carpet functions, and the April Chamber Luncheon) 
  • USA Curling Arena National Championships in Gillette
  • Dervish concert at the WYO Theater in Sheridan on March 20
  • Reveille Rotary Meetings
  • Wyoming Athletic Club water classes on morning of March 17
  • 2020 Wyoming FFA Convention
  • 2020 VNEA Wyoming State 8-Ball Pool Tournament
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fundraising events (through May 9)
  • Sheridan College Theatre Department's production of "Clue" on April 2-4
  • Cody Country Chamber of Commerce Live after 5
  • Wyoming Athletic Club steam room, sauna, day care, Family Fitness Boot Camp, group exercise classes, massage department
  • Wyoming Highway Patrol VIN inspections
  • All Make-a-Wish travel

Postponed:

  • Cher concert on April 24 (Oct. 4)
  • Nelly concert on April 29 (Oct. 30)
  • Foreigner concert on March 23 (Oct. 22)
  • University of Wyoming spring football
  • National Junior College Athletic Association basketball tournaments (tentatively set for April 20)
  • Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s March 31 “Mahler & Beethoven” at the Cheyenne Civic Center (new date not yet provided)
  • Michael W. Smith concert March 26 at the Cheyenne Civic Center (new date not yet provided)
  • Bighorn National Forest's Invasive and Other Select Plant Management open houses March 17 in Greybull and March 19 in Sheridan (plan to reschedule within next two months)
  • Wyoming Small Business Development Center’s GRO-Biz Conference on March 25 (new date not yet provided)
  • City of Cheyenne Public Services Committee on March 17 (April 7)
  • Cheyenne City Council meeting on March 23 (April 13) 
  • Bar J Wranglers' March 21 concert in Thermopolis (new date not yet provided)
  • Guerrilla Fanfare concert at Gruner Brothers Brewing on March 24 (new date not yet provided)
  • Stage III Community Theater's "Galatea," opening April 17 (now at 7:30 p.m. May 1-2, 8-9 and 2 p.m. May 3-10)
  • Books and Ballet and Bolshoi in Cinema broadcast of "Swan Lake" on March 24 (new date not yet provided)
  • Artcore Conor Jacobson recital on March 29 (now on Nov. 22)
  • Artcore Quarteto Nuevo concert on April 8 (Aug. 2 or 3)
  • Artcore California Guitar Trio with Montreal Guitar Trio on April 15 (now on Feb. 19)

Limited/altered:

  • Eastridge Mall (new hours: noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday)
  • Natrona County Detention Center (no public visitation, professional visitors subject to health screening; in effect until April 6)
  • Wyoming Aeronautics Commission's March 17 meeting (moved to teleconference; dinner and tours canceled)
  • F.E. Warren Air Force Base (mission-essential visitors only, Gate 1 closed, various recreational facilities closed)
  • Wyoming Transportation Commission's March 19 meeting (moved to teleconference; March 18 education session and March 19 tour of Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy training facilities and dormitory canceled)
  • Snowy Range Ski Area (lodge closed, lifts open)
  • Wind River Air's application to conduct scenic helicopter flights from Jackson Hole Airport has been moved off Airport Board meeting for March 18
  • Stage III Community Theater (offices closed until April 1; changed office hours will be 9-11 a.m.; capacity limited to 40 seats)
  • Casper-Natrona County Health Department March 19 meeting (now held via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Cheyenne special meeting of the city’s governing body March 17 for collective labor bargaining with Cheyenne Professional Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters, Local No. 279. (no longer canceled; will be held electronically)
  • Wyoming Athletic Club staffed hours (east side 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; west side 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; west side still open 24/7 with key card)

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