More businesses open – with restrictions

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.

Variance approved for churches and other updates

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

last week.

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

slowing down.”

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.

com.

Business toolkit

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,”

Lee said.

“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.”

Masks

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

surgery patients

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.

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