On Saturday, restaurants and bars will no longer have restricted hours.
Gov. Mark Gordon announced Saturday night all Wyoming restaurants and bars may return to normal operating hours due to a decline in COVID-19 cases around the state.
Updated health orders permit bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The updated orders also allow gyms to increase the number of participants in group fitness classes from 10 to 25.
“Thank you to the people of Wyoming who recognized the strain on their hospitals and health care workers and acted accordingly,” Gordon said in a release. “I also want to express my gratitude to those businesses that adapted to these temporary measures. These have not been easy times for anyone.”
The current orders have been in place since Dec. 9. No changes were made to any of the face mask-related mandates.
In mid-December, State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist denied a Park County request to allow establishments to remain open later than 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Park County had 142 active confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday and 46 new cases in the past 24 hours. It was the most new cases for any Wyoming county that day.
It remains to be seen whether Sunday’s new cases were an aberration or the beginning of a spike in cases following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Until Sunday, cases had been slowly declining for weeks, a trend still being seen statewide.
On Saturday, Wyoming hospitals were reporting 99 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, down from a peak of 247 on Nov. 30.
In Park County, Public Health Officer Dr. Aaron Billin said there were six COVID-19 hospitalized patients late Saturday night.
Wastewater epidemiology samples for the virus have remained steady in Cody at 7.9% of people shedding the virus, while Powell has also been consistent at 3.1%.
Spread rate of the virus has increased slightly in the county and state recently.
Over the last two weeks, 8.5% of people testing for the virus in Park County have come back positive, higher than the 7.4% state average.
The state reported 223 COVID-19 deaths in December, the highest number since the pandemic began in March.
Since the pandemic began, 194 people 80 years and older have died from the virus in Wyoming, by far the highest mortality rate for any age demographic. Only 17 people 50 years and younger have died from the virus in Wyoming.
Park County has had 13 total deaths due to the virus.
There have been 138 probable COVID-19 cases and 1,943 lab confirmed cases since the pandemic began in Park County. There have been 1,926 total recoveries in the county.