Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 21, officials in Montana, US, have ordered residents to wear face masks while maintaining some restrictions due to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 21 Jul 2020 01:48 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 07 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Montana (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely

As of July 21, officials in Montana, US, have ordered residents to wear face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while maintaining business restrictions unchanged. The state remains on phase 2 of its economic recovery plan.

Residents must wear a face mask in counties with more than four active COVID-19 cases, whenever they are at an indoor public setting, and at outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people when social distancing measures are not possible. Residents under the age of five, and those with medical conditions are not required to wear them.

Additionally, under phase 2 of Montana's economic recovery plan authorities urge residents to maintain a proper distance from others when in public, and for those 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions to stay at home as much as possible. Nonessential travel should be avoided, and indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.

Among the businesses allowed to operate are:


  • Music venues, bowling alleys, and other small entertainment venues can reopen with reduced capacity and avoiding any gathering of more than 50 people.


  • Restaurants, bars, casinos, movie theaters, gyms, and pools may continue operating at 75 percent capacity.


  • Organized youth activities can occur, provided they avoid gatherings of more than 50 people.


  • Places of worship.


  • Retail and personal care businesses, including clothing and sporting goods stores, barbershops, hair salons, and massage therapy businesses. All workers must wear face coverings, and workers and customers must be screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms.


  • Dine-in services at restaurants, bars, and distilleries; casinos.


  • Public schools may resume in-person lessons, following instructions from each local school board.


  • Gyms and fitness centers; movie theaters and museums.


All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure the proper distance between customers and between workers, screen workers' health, send home those with symptoms, and recommend that workers and employees wear masks whenever possible.

Transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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