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By Tom Hallberg

The Teton County Roadmap to Recovery Plan, released Tuesday, details three phases for reopening Jackson Hole’s economy.

The plan also establishes four levels of risk to gauge the viability of starting up certain sectors. Right now the county is moving from response to stabilization.

In that phase, which is expected to take eight to 12 weeks, the economy will reopen sector by sector. The plan details precautions for businesses and individuals to take to slow the spread of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Many mimic social distancing measures already in place, but restrictions on people’s movements will be loosened.

The four levels of risk are color coded, with red signifying high risk for all. Orange means moderate risk for everyone except for people in high-risk populations like those over 65 or with conditions that compromise their immune system.

As of Tuesday, the Teton County Health Department issued guidance saying the general public and some businesses were at orange, while some businesses like restaurants remained at red.

Yellow represents low risk for the general public, though still high-risk for vulnerable populations. Green means a new normal with higher sanitation and social distancing recommendations than prior to the pandemic, again except for the high-risk populations.

The department has recommendations at for those high-risk populations and for businesses. The Jackson Chamber of Commerce has a checklist for businesses that are reopening at

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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