Wyoming will now require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces across the state, Gov. Mark Gordon's office said in a statement on Monday.
Previously, the governor had left decisions on mask mandates to county governments and 16 of the state's 23 counties had local orders.
The decision to extend the face covering requirement statewide was endorsed by the Wyoming Medical Society, Wyoming Primary Care Association, and Wyoming Hospital Association, according to the statement.
The new health orders go into effect Wednesday through Jan. 8.
Several other restrictions were also included in the new measures. They are...
- Bars and restaurants must close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for onsite consumption.
- Only six people will be allowed to sit together at a time.
- Workout classes at gyms will be capped at 10 people.
- Gatherings where people cannot social distance will be limited to no more than 10 people.
“I want to thank the majority of Wyoming counties who have taken the lead, and the people who are working hard to protect their friends, neighbors, and colleagues by wearing face coverings. They will make a big difference, but it will take time," Gordon said.
“Rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to mitigate the economic damage and social costs to the state, but how we emerge on the other side is in large part up to us," he added.
The latest numbers: Wyoming reported at least 128 deaths in November – that's the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 in a month since the pandemic began in March, the statement said.
Gordon tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov. 25 and his wife tested positive for the virus on Dec. 3.
Note: These numbers were released by Gordon’s office, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.