Montana moving to phase 2 reopening, gatherings up to 50 people

Distancing, disinfection still required
Casey S. Elliott
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Gatherings of up to 50 people will begin to be allowed June 1, as Montana moves into Phase 2 of its reopening plan for the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced the phase progression in a press call Tuesday.

Physical distancing will continue to be required, as will stepped up disinfection and sanitation protocols. Vulnerable populations are asked to continue to isolate. Nursing and assisted living homes will continue to operate under Phase 1 guidelines, with no visitors (except in compassionate care situations).

Bullock will also lift the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers June 1. There will be stepped up surveillance testing in "gateway" communities, Bullock said, and temporary isolation locations in Kalispell and Billings have been established if needed.

Residents and visitors are asked to continue to follow guidelines for hand washing, mask wearing, disinfection and cleaning protocols regardless. Businesses and facilities can have up to 75 percent of their capacity if six feet of physical distance can be maintained between patrons not of the same household. Bullock encouraged groups and businesses to work with local public health agencies to develop plans for events within the guidelines set forth.

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