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Responding to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for Montana's tourism industry partners

Wednesday, March 25, 2020/Categories: Market MT

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Guidance updated March 26, 2020 at 8:50 p.m.

The State of Montana prioritizes the health and safety of our citizens and visitors. We are closely monitoring the impacts of coronavirus or COVID-19, and are updating this page as needed with new information. 

TRAVEL 

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving public health situation and is updating its website daily. For the latest updates from Governor Bullock's Coronavirus Task Force, visit COVID19.MT.GOV.

The CDC recommends older adults or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions who are at risk for disease, should consider postponing nonessential travel. The State Department has advised that U.S. citizens abroad should return home unless staying for an indefinite period and that international travel should be avoided. Governor Bullock is advising that Montana citizens who have traveled internationally self-quarantine for 14 days and contact their local health department. 

Beginning March 28 through April 10, Governor Bullock has issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. People in Montana may only leave their residences for health and safety, for necessary supplies, outdoor activity, essential work, or to take care of others.

For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

STAY INFORMED

This is a rapidly changing public health situation and it’s important to stay informed by following reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The best way to prevent infection from COVID-19 and any respiratory virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The same preventative measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have travelled to any destination during the past 14 days:

  • Monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
  • If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
    • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.

We urge the traveling public to stay informed, seek information from reputable sources, and take preventative measures like washing your hands to protect against COVID-19.

EVENTS

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that public gatherings are limited to fewer than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

Governor Bullock announced on March 25 that effective immediately, non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence of greater than ten people are prohibited, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. This measure is consistent with actions taken in other states to slow the spread of COVID-19.

TEMPORARY BUSINESS DIRECTIVE

To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock has extended a directive to close dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses and other activities that pose enhanced health risks, effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 10, 2020.

Under the directive, the following places are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:

  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar establishments offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption.
  • Alcoholic beverage service businesses, including bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  • Cigar bars.
  • Health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, pools and hot springs, indoor facilities at ski areas, climbing gyms, fitness studios, and indoor recreational facilities.
  • Movie and performance theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, bowling alleys, bingo halls, and music halls. 
  • Casinos.
  • Retail businesses are also required to establish, implement, and enforce social distancing policies to ensure a minimum of six feet between customers, effective March 28, 2020. This requirement does not apply to grocery, health care, medical, or pharmacy services, although they are also encouraged to comply with social distancing protocols if possible.

The places subject to this directive are permitted and encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.

COORDINATED RESPONSE

The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development at the Department of Commerce is coordinating closely with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and Disaster and Emergency Services.

Governor Steve Bullock has assembled a multi-agency task force, including the Department of Commerce, to ensure Montana is prepared to address a local COVID-19 outbreak.

RESOURCES

Visit MontanaVISITMT.COM or 1-800-847-4868

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Hotline: 1-888-333-0461 or COVID19info@mt.gov 

Montana Coronavirus task force: COVID19@MT.GOV

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

 
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