Movie Theaters to Reopen in Limited Capacity; Restrictions Loosen for Gyms and Childcare Centers

Movie Theaters to Reopen in Limited Capacity; Restrictions Loosen for Gyms and Childcare Centers

CHEYENNE — Movie theaters and performance venues will be allowed to reopen in limited capacity for the first time since the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic hit Wyoming, while gyms and childcare centers will see loosened restrictions since the Wyoming public health orders have been modified.

Movie theaters and performance venues can reopen in a limited capacity and permit public gatherings of up to 25 persons.

Groups of six will be allowed to sit with each other, preferably of the same household. Businesses may make exceptions if a household consists of more than six persons.

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Staff is required to wear face coverings, and Dr. Alexia Harrist, State Public Health Officer, encourages patrons to wear face coverings as much as possible as well.

Gyms may now open locker rooms, offer personal training and provide group classes for up to 20 participants.

Childcare centers will be permitted to have up to 25 people total in a classroom, including staff and kids. Parents are still being restricted from buildings as much as possible.

The full modified public health order can be found here.

Local Movie Theaters Will Not Open Yet

Despite Governor Gordon’s modified health orders, Star Stadium 11 + ARQ® in Rock Springs and the Star Twin in Green River announced on the Wyomovies Rock Springs Facebook page that they will not be opening up until they can have at least 50 percent of the auditorium’s capacity.

“The limitation of 25 people in a theatre is not economically viable,” they wrote in the Facebook post.

The Sweetwater County theaters are hopeful they can open up in the next few weeks.


What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, like a temperature of 100 or greater or a cough, DO NOT go to the Emergency Room.

Please call your primary care provider or either Castle Rock Medical Center (Green River) at 307-872-4590 or Memorial Hospital’s Triage Line (Rock Springs) at 307-522-8523. The hotline is available 24/7.

Health professionals will be available to discuss your symptoms and address concerns regarding COVID-19 to determine if a visit or further testing is necessary.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart from others and 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough and then throw the tissue away. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched areas. For example: door knobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, tables, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.

For current news, updates, closures and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus page here.