Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell on Wednesday afternoon issued a recommendation that restaurants and bars close at 10 p.m. in an effort to discourage crowding and the resultant community spread of coronavirus.

The recommendation comes on the heels of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the county, which had 134 positive cases between July 14 and July 27. The health department learned of several mass-exposure events that resulted from improper social distancing at crowded bars and restaurants that were open late into the night.

Contact tracing conducted by the county also revealed that COVID-19 was being spread at Teton County bars and restaurants, according to a press release from Riddell's office.

According to the release, "dine-in service and the in-person service of alcoholic and malt beverages, whether inside or outside, should end no later than 10:00 p.m. This does not include drive thru and take-out-only facilities."

The recommendation takes effect on Thursday and will continue through Aug. 15.

To see a full list of current state and county public health orders, visit https://www.tetoncountywy.gov/2064/COVID-19-Health-Orders

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

(7) comments

Ken Chison

The arrest reports are sure gonna be boring, if this goes thru.

Kirk Speckhals

So the County Health Officer putting out a recommendation is a violation of your constitutional rights? Hmmm

sean henry

just like a slow boiling frog.the entire country has watched recommendations turn to unconstitutional edicts.next week we can debate goggle recommendations

sean henry

"The health department learned of several mass-exposure events" so these request's and edicts stem from rumors or secret mask police (rats). ahhh.. science. petition the DOJ to investigate the health dept.

Wayne Grim

United States Attorney General William Barr issued the following April 27, 2020 Memorandum to the Assistant Attorney General and to All United States Attorneys, Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights. 

“I am directing each of our United States Attorneys to also be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

and

“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court.”

Wayne Grim

This is plain and simple Constitutional Rights violations and that's just for starters. One of many others is the HIPPA of 1996.

Patricia Snyder

Bars should be closed period. Restaurants should be limited to outside services only.

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