COVID 19 Updates


General Overview

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 health and safety of our citizens and visitors is our top priority. While visiting our spectacular state please be prepared for some new protocols and safety precautions.

  • Masks are required in counties with more than four active COVID-19 cases, and strongly encouraged in all other counties. This requirement is for individuals over 5-years-old in public indoor spaces and outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Know before you go: Know the local public health guidelines before arriving at your destination.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Understand some services and destinations may be limited.
  • There is currently no travel-related quarantine.

Visitors to Montana should be aware travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may vary on the seven Indian reservations in Montana. As tribal governments continue to assess public health risks, travel restrictions may change at any time depending on current conditions. .

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

For the latest updates from Governor Bullock's Coronavirus Task Force, visit COVID19.MT.GOV.

Ilness Prevention

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:

  • Wear a mask in public spaces or when social distancing cannot be achieved
  • 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

Beginning June 1, gatherings may increase from 10 to 50 people as long as social distancing and capacity guidelines can be met.

Temporary Business Directive

Governor Steve Bullock has initiated a phased approach to reopening Montana. Montana is now in Phase 2 of this reopening plan:

  • Effective June 1st
    • The 14-day travel quarantine for out-of-state travelers and residents arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes will also be lifted on June 1
    • Employers should continue to encourage telework wherever feasible
    • Visitation at nursing home and assisted living facilities remains suspended except for certain compassionate care situations. 
    • Vulnerable Montanans should still continue to stay home when possible during Phase Two. 
    • Concert halls, bowling alleys, and other places of assembly may operate with reduced capacity and if they adhere to strict physical distancing guidelines.
    • Capacity can increase from 50 percent to 75 percent.
    • Group gatherings can increase from 10 to 50 people. Avoid gathering in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing. Groups larger than 50 people should be cancelled unless physical distancing can be maintained. 
    • Phase Two will allow places of assembly to become operational beginning on June 1 as long as they can meet social distancing guidelines and limited capacity requirements. 

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

If you are a business owner and have questions related to the phased approach to reopening and how the plan applies to you directly, please call 1-800-755-6672. The plan has been posted online at COVID19.MT.GOV.

For all other questions related to COVID-19 call 1-888-333-0461 or visit COVID19.MT.GOV.

Visit Montana: VISITMT.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