Hospitalizations are down and the rate of new cases has fallen both in Park County and across the state, leading to a higher cap on gathering limits in effect as of Monday.
In a release, Gov. Mark Gordon announced attendance limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings would increase. Indoor gatherings that incorporate social distancing and face coverings are permitted for up to 25 percent of capacity or 500 persons, and outdoor gatherings of up to 1,000 persons. In addition, sporting events, artistic performances, restaurants and gyms all will see capacity limits eased.
In Park County, there were 36 active cases of COVID-19 reported by the Wyoming Department of Health as of Monday morning.
“We are making good progress against this virus,” Gordon said in a release. “Levels are returning to where they were before the dangerous spike in November and some counties have lifted restrictions. This is good news, thanks to Wyoming’s people.”
He said the moves were made to allow for state wrestling and basketball tournaments. Winter events were recently able to loosen tough 100-person caps on events and the new limits will allow the possibility for even more people in the gyms.
“Our trends are encouraging and our vaccination effort is progressing smoothly,” Gordon said. “These orders allowing larger groups and more capacity will lift up small businesses, keep schools open and get us closer to normal.”
Counties can still opt out of the requirements if local conditions move to safer levels in accordance with White House metrics. Health officials are regularly reviewing variance requests for specific events.
While gathering limits have risen, the mask mandate remains in place. That’s different than Montana, where new Gov. Greg Gianforte allowed the state’s mask order to expire last Friday. However, individual cities can create their own orders.
Gordon said further loosening of restrictions could come soon if the trend of improvement continues.
“Spring is coming and doing the right things now will allow us to have more people attending these events, have more people in restaurants and bars, and allow us to look forward to further easing our protocols,” he said.