Governor Mark Gordon

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In another example of the effect of Wyoming's decreasing COVID-19 numbers, Gov. Mark Gordon announced further easing of the statewide public health orders. The changes come on the heels of Teton County's Thursday reduction of the community risk level to moderate.

Starting Monday, the limits on gatherings will be increased to 25% of venue capacity or a maximum of 500 people for indoor events, and 50% of capacity for outdoor ones, with a maximum of 1,000 people. The limit on all gatherings, including private ones, will increase from 10 to 25.

“We are making good progress against this virus. Levels are returning to where they were before the dangerous spike in November and some counties have lifted restrictions. This is good news thanks to Wyoming’s people,” Gordon said in a statement.

In addition to the easing of restrictions on gatherings, Gordon's office announced new rules for restaurants, sporting events and gyms. Groups of eight people are now allowed to sit together both at events and in restaurants, up from six.

Gyms were previously required to keep capacity to one person per 120 square feet. That restriction is being lifted, though exercisers are still required to maintain 6 feet of distance from each other.

The orders have also been amended to say participants in sporting events and artistic performances can now congregate in groups of up to 25, increased from 12.

The new rules will stay in effect from Monday until Feb. 28. The governor's office has been reevaluating the state health orders every two weeks.

In this round of changes, the statewide mask order will remain in place.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

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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