Variances expiring

Lela Hebard and Jeff Kearns style and trim their clients’ hair in 2018 at Hebard’s new salon, Greta and Haakon. Salons and some other businesses will be able to open Monday, though with certain requirements, like wearing cloth face coverings as much as possible.

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You may now pack your gym bag and give your hair stylist a call.

Teton County’s variances that kept gyms and personal service businesses — hair and nail salons, barbershops and the like — closed longer than statewide orders expired at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Certain businesses that planned to open Monday will be able to, taking care to follow guidelines outlined in statewide health orders.

“This is a date we have been eyeing for some time as an appropriate interval after having increased COVID-19 testing capability and sustained decrease in newly reported cases,” Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell said in a press release. “We are pleased that our metrics continue to reflect positively on local control of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

With the planned expiration, gyms, child care centers and personal service establishments will be able to reopen Monday. Restaurants can continue providing takeout and allowing people to come inside to pick up food as they have since late April when the state started relaxing its health orders.

All those businesses are still required to follow social distancing guidelines outlined in statewide orders. The Teton County Health Department has also rolled out guidelines for businesses that reopen. That document, dubbed the Teton County Road to Recovery Plan, can be found at

State health orders, including another limiting gatherings to nine people or fewer, remain in effect until May 15.

The expiration of the county’s variance also means that there are no enforceable countywide orders on the books. After travel guidelines were rescinded Friday, the only active county recommendation asks people to wear cloth masks in public.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

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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