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 info@jacksonholechamber.com by Tuesday.

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

(1) comment

Susan Crosser

We've wasted a month not bothering to test people with no symptoms. We've sent a whopping 183 to the State Lab, or 4% of the tests they've processed. Without widespread testing, reopening is just a crapshoot. Everything points to a high percentage of virus sufferers being ASYMPTOMATIC. That means that they are contagious even though they don't display symptoms. Testing for this has been emphasized over and over by Dr. Fauci, but here in Teton County the hospital keeps running ads discouraging it. We pat ourselves on the back for so many things (hey, we made sure we had extra respirators while other communities don't have enough), but have wasted all this time when we could have been gathering this important information.

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