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Wyoming will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people starting June 1, a 10-fold increase from what was allowed in previous orders.

"It’s time we had the chance to enjoy summer,” Gov. Mark Gordon said in a press release distributed ahead of his 3 p.m. press conference.

Teton County District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell said he was still weighing whether to react with a variance.

"I will review these orders over the next 48 hours and make a determination by then," he wrote the News&Guide in an email.

Indoor gatherings continue to be restricted to groups of 25 people or fewer, with the exception of those at religious institutions and funeral homes.

The new orders mean large groups of people can gather outside for a range of other reasons so long as event organizers meet certain distancing and health requirements like limiting group size to six people and keeping six feet of distance between them.

The outdoor gatherings permitted under the order are numerous: "rodeos, speedway motor races, concerts, sporting events, fairs, parades, track and field races, farmer's markets, fireworks shows, weddings, and any other event of a similar nature not otherwise specifically identified herein."

To tune into the governor's press conference, visit the Jackson Hole News&Guide's Facebook page where we'll share Wyoming PBS' broadcast. 

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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