The Wyo Theater in downtown Laramie puts distance into the word social. (Andrew Graham/WyoFile)

With state officials closing public spaces and asking Wyoming residents to stay home as much as possible, the usual methods of interpersonal communication have been disrupted. Across the state though, marquees on theaters, churches, bars and other buildings speak volumes.

The Centennial Theatre in Sheridan. (Kevin Knapp)

Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Alexia Harrist on March 20 issued a statewide closure of public spaces including theaters, schools, bars, coffee shops, gyms and museums. Many theaters had already shut their doors by then in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jackson Elks Lodge #1713 shows support for the workers exposed to COVID-19. (Angus M. Thuermer, Jr./WyoFile)

Gordon and Harrist have since extended that order and two others until April 30 to slow community spread of the virus.

The Grand Theater in Lander has this note of encouragement on one side of its marquee, and a schedule of special popcorn sales on the other. (Erin Freed)

Residents have reacted in many ways. Many have taken to marquees to beam out messages of solidarity and support. 

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Katie Klingsporn

Katie Klingsporn is WyoFile's managing editor. She is a journalist and word geek who has been writing about life in the West for 15 years. Her pieces have appeared in Adventure Journal, National Geographic...

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  1. Thanks Katie…and ALL the Wyofile staff for your continued coverage in an impossible situation. You are SO appreciated.