With the expiration of a county health order at midnight Thursday that limited gatherings to individual households, people now have the ability to meet in groups of less than 10.
“This is the day we start opening things up in our community,” Teton County District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell said during Friday’s community COVID-19 update.
Likewise, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce President Anna Olson said some businesses, like retail stores, can slowly reopen if they can meet health orders, like having fewer than 10 people in a space.
Other businesses, like restaurants, gyms, hair salons and other personal services, will remain closed for now. Although Teton County is moving more slowly than the rest of the state on opening gyms and salons, the county is moving faster than other tourism-dependent mountain towns, Riddell said.
Olson stressed that businesses need to be getting ready now for reopening. Working with Colby Cox, co-founder and CEO of Roadhouse Brewing Co., the chamber is submitting a discounted bulk order for masks, gloves and hand-held infrared thermometers. Interested businesses may submit their order — specifying type and quantity of PPE — by emailing email@example.com by Tuesday.