– Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive to extend closures of public
schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses through
April 10 and mandate social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
have an obligation to slow the spread of this virus. Our fellow Montanans can
all continue to set a good example for each other in adhering to social
distancing directives – and know that it will save lives,”
“For every person who stays at home and avoids non-essential
gatherings, the better our chances to fight this virus and protect our
frontline health care workers and emergency responders.”
Bullock announced 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.
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.
districts should follow the planning guidance provided in the March 19, 2020
Directive to seek waivers of pupil instruction time and obtain continued state
funding during this period.
Directive, like its predecessor orders, is a public health order enforceable by
county attorneys. It preempts all county health ordinances if they are less
is also preparing for a potential surge of patients needing hospital care. On
Monday, Governor Bullock announced a Directive that temporarily waives the
bidding process to quickly procure or distribute emergency supplies or contract
for additional space to care for patients. Additionally, the directive
streamlines the process for releasing patients and discharging them back to
their home communities without delay as they recover, which will free up beds
and equipment for new patients.