Two accepted health order variances allow more businesses to reopen in Sweetwater County


ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (May 7, 2020) — The Sweetwater County Emergency Operations Center held a media briefing today, where it was announced that two variances sent from Sweetwater County had been accepted by the State of Wyoming.

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These two variances allow the opportunity to immediately open the following businesses on a limited basis:

  • Restaurants
  • Food courts
  • Coffee shops
  • Bars/taverns
  • Gymnasiums
  • Churches
  • Funeral homes

The first variance dealt with restaurants, food courts, coffee shops, bars, taverns, and gymnasiums. Some of the restrictions that business owners of this type must follow include:

  • Keeping patrons seated at tables and booths
  • Limiting tables to 6 or fewer people, preferably of the same household
  • Proper signage reminding individuals of social distancing guidelines, as well as floor markers to indicate proper spacing
  • Proper face coverings and PPE wore by staff at all times, as well as proper hygiene practices between interactions with each table
  • Proper sanitation practices, to be performed in the morning, afternoon, and evening

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The second variance dealt with funeral homes and religious establishments. Some of the restrictions these businesses face include:

  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between individual household groups
  • Limiting the number of people in a confined area at any time to allow for adequate distancing
  • Not allowing close contact between members of different households during services or meetings
  • Proper sanitation of materials, collection plates, and communion trays
  • No exchange of food or drink
  • Face coverings for organizational leaders

Both variances can be viewed below in their entirety:

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