Governor Mark Gordon announced Monday that his state of Wyoming is the next to end lockdown measures and repeal the state-wide mask mandate. As of March 16, Gordon said that all businesses, including restaurants and bars, movie theaters and gyms, could begin operations at 100% capacity.
"I thank the people of Wyoming for their commitment to keeping one another safe throughout this pandemic," Gordon said in a released statement. "It is through their efforts that we have kept our schools and businesses operating and our economy moving forward. I ask all Wyoming citizens to continue to take personal responsibility for their actions and stay diligent as we look ahead to the warmer months and to the safe resumption of our traditional spring and summer activities."
One exception to Gordon's announced reopening plans, the governor is leaving the mask mandate in place for elementary schools and high schools.
"Wyoming is one of the few states in the country that kept students learning in the classroom for the entire school year," Gordon boasted. "We made sacrifices, but the earlier orders saved lives. We persevered. With this approach we can have graduations, proms and a great end to the school year by keeping schools open. Especially since our children will not have the chance to be vaccinated this spring."
Wyoming now joins states like Texas, Mississippi, and Connecticut, in significantly repealing COVID-19 mandates and measures.