By Associated Press - Friday, November 20, 2020

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has announced new limits on indoor and outdoor public gatherings but has not implemented a statewide mask mandate as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the state.

The Republican governor and state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said Thursday that public gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer without restrictions. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 25% capacity with social distancing, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50% capacity with social distancing.

The new order goes into effect Nov. 24, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

“These measures are intended to assist our healthcare system in meeting unprecedented demands for services, assure that in-classroom education can continue, and importantly keep Wyoming’s people working and her businesses open,” Gordon said.

No statewide mask mandate was approved, though nearly all of the county health officers in the state have called for one as virus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have substantially increased in recent weeks.

Gordon also decided not to implement any curfews or temporarily close down any businesses, which some governors in other states have done in response to the nationwide spike in virus cases.

The state Department of Health reported a record-high 210 current hospitalizations on Wednesday. That figure was six more than Tuesday’s, which was also a record-high for the state.

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