Warning Alert

As of Oct. 9, officials in Montana, US, maintain some restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 03:52 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Montana
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely


As of Oct. 9, officials in Montana maintain some restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The state has remained on Phase 2 of its economic recovery plan since late May.

Under the current guidelines, residents must wear a facemask 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. At least 44 of the state's 56 counties have more than four active COVID-19 cases as of Oct. 9.

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

Other guidelines in place are:


  • Music venues, bowling alleys, and other small entertainment venues can operate 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 can open.
  • Retail and personal care businesses, including clothing and sporting goods stores, barbershops, hair salons, and massage therapy businesses, can operate. All workers must wear facemasks, and workers and customers must be screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Public schools may resume in-person lessons following instructions from each local school board.


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.


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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