As Gov. Gordon issues new public health orders easing restrictions on businesses, the Wyoming Business Council is hosting industry webinars to ensure clarity and answer questions.

These webinars are designed to support business owners in industries most affected by the latest orders.

Come back soon to register for webinars regarding the new grant programs created by the Wyoming Legislature to aid the state's small businesses.

Archived sessions:

Initial easing of public-health orders:

April 29 - AMApril 29 - PM

April 30 - AMApril 30 - PM

May 1 - AMMay 1 - PM

Industry-specific webinars:

Oil & Gas Industry Q&A, April 15

Mining Industry Q&A, April 29 

Agriculture Industry Q&A, May 7

Restaurant Industry Q&A, May 14

SIGNAGE

The new orders for businesses include requirements to place signage at the front entrance regarding social distancing and not entering if you have symptoms of covid-19, as well as signage on the floor indicating six-foot spacing.

With the help of Laramie Main Street Alliance and the Wyoming Game and Fish, we are happy to provide ready-to-print signage for those purposes. Download those files here.

Transition FAQ

Only if they are members of the same household. For a full list of guidance from the Wyoming Department of Health, visit here.

No, but menus must be sanitized between customer use.

Yes, as long as all other provisions of the order are followed. Dances are not permitted.

Customers sitting at a bar must be at least six feet from the next person. Members of the same household can sit together at a bar, but must be at least six feet from other customers.

Yes, but staff need to sanitize hands between handling payments and food or food containers.

Some restrictions remain in place for child care; restaurants and dining; gyms and fitness centers; and personal services. You can find current rules for operating these businesses here. In any industry, if your business can operate under these guidelines and while following social-distancing best practices you DO NOT need an exception or variance.

Current county variances can be found here under the Covid-19 and Approved Variance Map tabs.

The current methodology is based on the Department of Health metrics dashboard. There is no single metric or date that will prompt a relaxation of restrictions. We are taking a phased approach based on public-health data. It is important that we don't want to ease restrictions too early and risk surrendering any of the progress that has been made.

But it’s also important to remember Wyoming was never closed for business. Restaurants shifted to takeout and delivery. Schools went online. Our manufacturers continue to make products and our ranchers are still working their land.

Variances are countywide rule changes that are submitted by a county health officer and approved by the state health officer. They replace statewide orders and can be more or less restrictive than existing orders.

Exceptions are changes made for a specific business or group of businesses in an area based on a plan developed by the business(es) for safe operation. These are proposed to a county health officer and must also approved by the state health officer.

Rather than submitting exceptions as individual businesses, it is suggested that businesses work together and submit group requests to reduce the number of individual requests for faster processing. Specific guidance on variances and exceptions is available here.

Current county variances can be found here under the Covid-19 and Approved Variance Map tabs.

  • 25 people per room (includes staff)
  • Screen staff and children for covid-19 systems upon arrival and have everybody wash their hands
  • The business must maintain a record of staff working hours for the purposes of contact tracing
  • If there is a confirmed case of covid-19 in the facility, close the facility and alert your county health provider
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces, areas and other frequently touched items often.
  • Child care for children of essential personnel must be prioritized
  • Follow social distancing practices and other health guidelines from the CDC and Wyoming Department of Health
  • Visit the Department of Family Services for more information

Specific guidance on restaurants is available here.

  • Maintain 6 feet between tables
  • Staff must wear face masks
  • Do not set tables between guests
  • Screen employees for symptoms
  • Signage and hand sanitizer required
  • The business must maintain a record of staff working hours for the purposes of contact tracing

You can find the full information about the rules for gyms to open here.

  • No more than 1 person per 120 square-feet of space in the gym and patrons must maintain physical distance
  • Group classes of up to 25 people who stay six feet apart are permitted
  • Pools are limited to one swimmer per lane
  • Staff that come within 6 feet of others must wear face coverings at work
  • Staff must be screened for covid-19 symptoms
  • The business must maintain a record of staff working hours for the purposes of contact tracing
  • Close-contact group activities and contact sports are prohibited
  • Equipment must be spaced 6 feet apart and cleaned by staff in between uses
  • Hand sanitizer must be available
  • Spas and saunas must remain closed

There is nothing in state orders that requires this, but it is something worth considering with your legal counsel and insurance carrier.

You can find the full rules for personal services businesses to open here.

  • Client stations must be set 6 feet apart
  • Staff must be screened for covid-19 symptoms
  • All customers and staff must wear cloth face masks
  • Services may be provided by appointment only
  • Waiting areas must have floor markings to indicate six-foot distance, and clients in the waiting area must stay six feet apart
  • The facility must maintain customer names and phone numbers in case contact tracing is necessary
  • Stations must be cleaned and sanitized after each client

We recommend visiting the Governor’s covid-19 resource page here. You can sign up for updates from the Governor’s office here. And you can receive our press releases by signing up here.

Contact your county health officer to discuss and determine requirements for your specific business.

The Wyoming Department of Health recommends the following COVID-19 illness screening questions for businesses to use with employees:

  • Do you currently have any of the following:
    • Fever (100.4 Fahrenheit or higher) or feeling feverish?
    • Chills?
    • A new or worsening cough not caused by another health condition?
    • New or worsening difficulty breathing not caused by another health condition?
    • Sore throat?
    • New or worsening muscle aches not caused by another health condition?
    • New or worsening headache that is not normal for you and not caused by another health condition?
    • New loss of sense of taste or smell?
  • In the last two weeks, have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then the employee should be sent home and directed to contact a healthcare provider. View the entire document from the WHD here.

  • Groups from the same household may be seated together, preferably in groups of 6 or fewer
  • A 6-foot distance must be maintained between groups in both waiting and seating areas
  • The total number of people in a confined area can be greater than 25 if the space is large enough to allow for the 6-foot distance between household groups
  • The facility must maintain customer names and phone numbers in case contact tracing is necessary
  • Hand sanitizer must be available
  • Staff that come within 6 feet of others must wear face coverings at work
  • Patrons should be encouraged to wear face masks
  • The facility must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each performance

Read the full order here.