The Town Council plans to pass an emergency ordinance to close scores of businesses in town, if state officials don’t approve an identical measure today.
The ordinance would shutter theaters, bars, nightclubs, tasting rooms, coffee/tea shops, employee cafeterias, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services and museums. It would also close communal pools, hot tubs, locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms, fitness centers, gyms, conference rooms and spas. The ordinance has some exemptions for take-out food from restaurants.
Teton County Public Health Officer Travis Riddell is working to gain approval from State Health Officer Alexia Harrist. She seems likely to sign off on the order but hasn’t yet.
If the council doesn’t hear back from the state by 3 p.m. today, it will pass its ordinance. Then, if the state approves it afterward, the town will repeal its ordinance, as the state’s will supersede it.
One way or the other, the businesses included in this drastic effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 can expect to shut down indefinitely, perhaps as soon as the end of the business day.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.