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