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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Emergency Order Related to COVID-19

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Following guidance issued by the President of the United States, entitled “Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread,” Teton County’s Health Officer, Travis Riddell issued a Public Health Order to require the closure of a variety of establishments within Teton County, including establishments within the Town of Jackson, in order to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Teton County recognizes the predicament that today’s Public Health Order puts on many of our beloved businesses during an already difficult time. As a result, the enforcement of the order will not begin until Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in order to give our community time to adjust.

In response to the continued spread of COVID-19, the President’s guidelines suggest avoiding “eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts.” Teton County supports and encourages members of the public to practice social distancing in an effort to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our valley and to “flatten the curve.”

Effective immediately, the following are hereby closed for all of Teton County including Jackson, Wyoming: 

  • All theaters (film or stage)
  • Bars
  • All coffee/tea shops
  • Employee Cafeterias
  • Self-serve buffets
  • Salad bars
  • Unpackaged self-serve food services
  • Nightclubs/Saloons/Taverns
  • All communal pools, hot tubs, locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms, fitness centers, gyms, conference rooms, and spas
  • All museums
  • Tasting Rooms

All restaurants may remain open, if, and only if, the restaurant notifies Teton County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division at sara.budge@wyo.gov, that they intend to remain open and will follow the procedures listed below:

Prohibit all dine-in food service, whether inside or outside the establishment and prohibit admitting guests, patrons, customers inside the establishment.

Curbside take out or drive thru food service is permitted. Cash payments are strongly discouraged. Staff who take cash or credit card payments shall use cleansing measures between transactions, including use of best practices issued by Teton County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division. Online and telephonic credit card transactions are highly encouraged. Staff who handle cash or credit cards shall not be involved in preparation, handling, or delivery of food.

Employees must take food items to the curb and give the items to the patron or customer through the car window.

For hotel restaurants, food items may only be delivered as room service or curbside service as described above.

Management shall and must ensure, on a daily basis, that no employee who presents symptoms of illness will be permitted to work.

To view the Public Health Orders click on the links below.

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #20-2
Order closing certain public places; and placing restrictions on restaurants within Teton County, Wyoming, including the City of Jackson, Wyoming

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #20-1B
Order forbidding large gatherings over 50 people within Teton County, Wyoming, including the City of Jackson, Wyoming.  

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