CHEYENNE, Wyo.(AP) – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has announced new public health orders effective Friday that will allow gyms, barber shops, hair salons and other personal care services to reopen under specific operating conditions designed to minimize public health risk from COVID-19.
Other parts of the phased approach involve easing restrictions on day cares, allowing hospitals to resume elective surgeries, and using local expertise and health data in creating localized approaches to further easing restrictions
Governor Gordon says the new orders start the process of getting part of Wyoming’s economy up and running again, adding that “easing the restrictions at this time is prudent and gets us one step closer to a return to normal.”
He points out that the COVID-19 impact in Wyoming has been spotty with severe impacts in some communites while others have been spared, so the plan establishes a process to consider some case-by-case exceptions to state health orders when appropriate.
Gordon emphasizes that it’s important not to surrender the ground gained so far and that the state extends its gains against the virus.
Gordon says Wyoming citizens have made sacrifices over the past 5 weeks that are making it possible to start easing restrictions with the businesses also deserving thanks for playing such an important role in the initial battle with COVID-19.
Business closed by the current public health orders do not have to reopen when the new orders take effect. Choosing to stay closed will not affect eligiblity for Small Business Administration programs.