Mar 09, 2021 4:47 PM

Governor: Wyoming to lift statewide mask mandate next week

Posted Mar 09, 2021 4:47 PM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says the state will join a handful of others that have lifted mask-wearing mandates to limit spread of the coronavirus.

The changes take effect March 16.

Also being lifted are requirements for bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms, where employees must wear masks and customers not seated in small groups have to keep 6 feet apart.

Gordon cites Wyoming’s declining number of COVID-19 cases and its success in distributing vaccines as reasons to lift the restrictions.

The statewide order in place since December was set to expire next week.

States including Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota and Texas also have lifted mask mandates.