Mask mandate now in effect for Natrona County
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Natrona County health officials have signed off on a mask mandate, or mask variance in Natrona County. The variance will last until Dec. 4. Officials say it could be extended.
Dr. Mark Dowell, a Natrona County health officer, said COVID-19 is a medical emergency and it’s not meant to punish the community.
“We are trying to keep our citizens healthy and alive,” Dowell said. According to the variance, it said all adults must wear a face-covering in public. The face-covering must cover their mouth and nose.
The variance says minors are not required to wear one, but it’s highly encouraged. Also, if community members have sat at a table ready to eat at a restaurant.
Community members must wear them entering and exiting the restaurant. Community members don’t have to wear a mask while exercising at a gym.
Dowell adds the community will be lucky if the community has access to the vaccine by the beginning of the year and until it comes out, masking up is the right thing to do.
Steve Freel, Casper Mayor, Ward III, said, city officials, will respond to complaints. A couple of officials at the press conference emphasized they don’t want the mandate to be about citations. Freel added Casper Police Officers will not be on the lookout for people not wearing masks.
Eric Nelson, the Natrona County attorney, said officers will focus on education and remind people not wearing masks to comply with the variance.
Nelson adds he’s seen how generous community members are and hopes they come together during this time.
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