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UW Follows Governor’s New Orders on Gatherings

December 11, 2020

Members of the University of Wyoming community are reminded to follow Gov. Mark Gordon’s new orders aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The orders, which took effect Wednesday and are slated to expire Jan. 8, include:

-- Implementation of a statewide face covering order.

-- Bars and restaurants are to be closed from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. for on-site consumption.

-- Groups of patrons seated together at bars, restaurants, theaters, concert halls and large events are limited to six, with certain exceptions.

-- Group workout classes at gyms are limited to 10 individuals.

-- Gatherings without required distancing are limited to 10 individuals.

UW’s COVID-19 policies generally are in line with the governor’s orders, but the university’s gathering guidelines are less restrictive. While the governor’s new orders are in effect -- at this point, until Jan. 8 -- the university will follow the governor’s more restrictive orders.

Specifically, gatherings (without required distancing between groups) are limited to 10 individuals (previously 25); indoor events may allow more than 10 individuals but no more than 25 percent of venue capacity with a maximum of 100 people; outdoor events may allow more than 10 individuals but no more than 50 percent of venue capacity with a maximum of 250 people; groups of attendees seated together at any event must be limited to six (previously eight), but an exception may be made for groups larger than six if they are from the same household; and participants in organized sporting events and artistic performances shall not congregate in groups larger than 12 individuals (was 25).

While there are very few in-person classes at UW at present, the governor’s new orders have not changed his original order regarding classroom instruction. That allows up to 250 people in large classrooms where 6 feet of separation can be maintained; as well as groups of up to 50 students and teachers in each separate room, with 6 feet of separation “maintained as much as possible.”

The governor’s orders may be found on Wyoming’s COVID-19 website. For more on UW’s COVID-19 policies, go to

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