Greta and Haakon

A new statewide order requires hair salons and other providers of “nonessential personal services” to close March 25 through April 3.

Hair salons, barber shops and other Wyoming businesses providing "nonessential personal services" must temporarily close from Wednesday, March 25, through April 3.

Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Alexia Harrist issued the order to protect public health during the coronavirus contagion.

"The order is focused on businesses where appropriate social distancing measures are not practical," the press release said. "The closure applies to nail salons, hair salons and barber shops; cosmetology, electrology and esthetic services; massage parlors; and tattoo, body art and piercing shops.

"Medically necessary services such as physical therapy providers may remain open."

As COVID-19 spreads through Wyoming communities, the governor said, “we must take this action now.”

Dr. Harrist said: “People who are ill with COVID-19 can easily spread this disease to others to anyone nearby if they cough or sneeze. Staying away from others as much as possible helps protect all of us, including those who are most vulnerable to illness complications.”

This order supplements previous statewide orders issued March 19 and 20 closing certain public spaces and prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more in a single room or confined space.

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Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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