MONTANA – Governor Steve
Bullock today issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and
temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the
spread of COVID-19. The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March
28, will buy time for health care workers on the frontlines and seeks to limit
long term impacts to the state’s economy.
“In consultation with public
health experts, health care providers, and emergency management professionals,
I have determined that to protect public health and human safety, it is
essential, to the maximum extent possible, individuals stay at home or at their
place of residence,”
said Governor Bullock. “There’s no doubt that COVID-19 is causing
a lot of hardship. It’s also causing incredible hardships for our frontline
doctors, nurses and other hospital staff across the country.”
The Directive will be in
effect through Friday, April 10 and requires all businesses and operations in
Montana, except for essential businesses and operations as defined in the
directive, to stop all activities within the state.
The Directive also prohibits all
public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a
household or place of residence.
“I am taking these measures
today because we need to stay in front of this pandemic and slow the growth of
infections. In order to have a healthy economy we need a healthy population. We
cannot rebuild our economic strength without doing everything we can now to
flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus,”
Essential services and
businesses will remain operational and open. Businesses deemed essential are
required to comply with social distancing guidelines when possible including
maintaining six feet of distance, having sanitizing products available, and designating
hours of operation specifically for vulnerable populations.
Under the directive, Montanans
may leave their homes for essential activities, including:
health and safety.
To engage in activities or perform
tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of
their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets),
such as, by way of example only and without limitation, seeking emergency
services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health
necessary supplies and services
necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or
household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others,
such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and
food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home,
and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential
operation of residences
. To engage in outdoor activity,
provided the individuals comply with social distancing, as defined below,
such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking,
running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor
recreation areas, including public lands in Montana provided they remain
open to recreation. Montanans are discouraged from outdoor recreation
activities that pose enhanced risks of injury or could otherwise stress
the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency (
backcountry skiing in a manner inconsistent with avalanche recommendations
or in closed terrain).
certain types of work
. To perform work providing essential
products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or to
otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Directive,
including Minimum Basic Operations.
- To take
care of others
. To care for a family member, friend,
or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or
pets as allowed by this Directive.
The attached Directive follows
federal guidance to determine the businesses and operations deemed essential,
which are summarized in the Directive and can also be found here:
Businesses with questions can
contact a dedicated state line at 1-800-755-6672 and leave messages 24-hours a
day and will receive a prompt response.