Gathering limits tighten next week for the first time since the summer with Gov. Mark Gordon’s new public health orders slated to go into effect Tuesday.
The changes, in effect through Dec. 15, overrule a planned loosening in the amount of spectators allowed at winter sporting events.
Indoor events are limited to no more than 25% of venue capacity with a maximum of 100 people. Outdoor events are limited in size to no more than 50% of venue capacity with a maximum of 250 people
“All exceptions to the gathering limits in Order 2 approved previously by the State Health Officer are revoked,” said Dr. Aaron Billin, Park County Public Health Officer. “In Park County, this includes the exception allowing larger numbers of spectators at indoor school sporting events in Cody and Powell.”
In addition to those changes, group exercise classes are limited to 25 people and gatherings of more than 25 people in a confined space are prohibited.
Faith-based gatherings are exempt. Church services, funeral homes, parades and other specified businesses are some of the other exemptions to the gathering limits listed in the new orders.
“These measures are intended to assist our healthcare system in meeting unprecedented demands for services, assure that in-classroom education can continue, and importantly keep Wyoming’s people working and her businesses open,” Gordon said. “We have reached out extensively to our business community across the state and will continue to do so. We heard a clear message from them that they want to work cooperatively to ensure our economy, workforce and general public are healthy.”
There have been 1,026 cases of COVID-19 in Park County since the pandemic began, according to Wyoming Department of Health, with 699 of those having recovered.