Flicks ‘N Pins manager Mike Orham reviews the new rules from Sublette
County Public Health for reopening the Marbleton bowling alley. Bowlers will
use alternate lanes and must stay with their groups, surfaces will be wiped
down and even popcorn salt and flavorings will be premeasured.
focus of our attention this week,” he said.
A “variance council” consisting of Dr.
Fitzsimmons, county commissioners Tom
Noble and Mack Rawhouser, county attorneys
and business and church leaders submitted
the exception and variance requests
During Friday’s briefing, Dr. Fitzsimmons
and Public Health Nurse Manager Janna Lee
emphasized that the variances do not mean a
return to business as normal before the pandemic.
Each variance and exception contains
restrictions and limitations meant to protect
the health of employees and community.
“When I say that the restaurants and
bars are opening, I think a lot of people are
going to feel like, ‘I’m glad (the pandemic)
is over,’” Dr. Fitzsimmons said on Friday.
“But it’s not really over. We don’t know
where this (pandemic) is going. We have
concerns about this resurging a little bit as
we relax our restrictions. We have concerns
about this coming back in a second wave late
in the summer and the fall. We’re going to
ask you to maintain your diligence and not go
past the restrictions that we have.”
Fitzsimmons added that the death count in
the U.S. continues to climb and the “significant
little outbreak in Fremont County is not
What is open
Under the variances, businesses and
churches must screen all employees and
church “leaders” for symptoms of COVID-
19 every day. Anyone with symptoms may
not work or participate in a service or meeting.
• Restaurants, bars, brewpubs, coffeehouses
and other establishments may open
under the first variance if they follow “21
specific restrictions.” These include limiting
tables to groups of six and spacing tables 6
feet apart. Staff must wear face coverings
and wash or sanitize their hands between interactions
with tables. Each dining area is to
be sanitized between guests. Hand sanitizer,
“necessary PPE and cleaning supplies” need
to be on hand. Records of when staff work
are to be maintained for contact tracing.
• Churches can open under the second
variance if certain conditions are met. These
include maintaining 6 feet between “individual
household groups at all times.” The
number of people allowed inside will depend
on space available for “proper distancing.”
Close contact between people from different
households is not allowed. Religious leaders
and church staff must wear masks if they
come within 6 feet of an attendee.
• Flicks N’ Pins plans to reopen the bowling
alley under a special exception Monday
through Friday, 3 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday
and Sunday, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Reservations are
required and groups are restricted to five
people per lane.
The variances, including a full list of restrictions,
are published on www.sublettewycovid.
Lee announced on Friday that the Response
Group created a “business toolkit”
available on the website listed above to provide
guidance on “safety protocols” for businesses
to follow as they reopen.
The toolkit includes links to the CDC
and OSHA. There is also a printable list of
screening questions to “ask every day of
yourself and your employees to make sure
that our work places stay healthy and safe,”
“We appreciate everything that our community
and our business owners and all of
us can do to help protect our community
and make our businesses safe,” she said on
Friday. Fitzsimmons also encouraged places
to protect “certain portions of the population
– the elderly and people with underlying
chronic medical conditions.”
As the county reopens, Dr. Fitzsimmons
encouraged people to wear masks to prevent
the spread of COVID-19 in certain situations.
“Masks are a powerful tool and they’re
pretty easy to use,” said Dr. Fitzsimmons
on Friday. “They’re not really a lot to ask of
people. We would really ask you to consider
the use of masks when you’re in a crowded
place such as the grocery store or Bomgaars.”
Masks are available at both Office Outlets
and Altitude Drug and Frontier Pharmacy.
Joan Mitchell, director at the Southwest Sublette
County Pioneers Senior Center, said
masks were delivered to all the senior citizens
receiving drive-through meals.
COVID-19 testing available for elective
Sublette County residents receiving elective
surgery can schedule required testing
for COVID-19 before their operation, said
Emily Ray, communications coordinator for
the Sublette County Rural Health Care District.
Appointments are available at the Pinedale
Clinic from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Tuesdays
and Thursdays. Patients are required to make
an appointment and bring the pre-procedure
form from their surgeon.