COVID-19 Information for Wyoming
The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.
Capacity restrictions and closures have been lifted on the majority of Wyoming businesses.
Face Mask Mandate
Wyoming has not mandated statewide wearing of face masks.
State of Emergency
Governor Mark Gordon declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020.
Status: Hearings Can Resume Remotely
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
The Wyoming Legislature have passed legislation which would authorize a COVID-19 rent assistance program and relief and protections for Wyoming employers if Governor Mark Gordon signs the legislation into law.
The legislation would create a rent assistance program aimed to also avoid evictions. That program would be administered by the Wyoming Community Development Authority. The act also provides for mortgage payments and hazard insurance “for residents of this state who are under the direct threat of being dispossessed of their homes.”
No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. There is no statute preempting local rent regulation.
Wyoming does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.
Business Liability Protections
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Gov. Gordon established protections for businesses against civil liability. Under the rules, businesses are protected against civil liability claims resulting from customer or employee exposure to COVID-19 while on premises if the business follows applicable federal, state, and local safety guidelines.