Montana's Order To Shelter In Place
Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced the state will be implementing immediate measures and ordering Montanans to shelter in place and stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Governor Bullock says Montanans are to stay home except for essential activities, essential business activities and outdoor activities as long as people comply with social distancing requirements. The order will go into effect Saturday, March 28th, at 12:01 a.m. and will run until April 10th.
All public and private gatherings outside a household or place of residence of any number of people are prohibited.
Essential businesses will remain open. Those include: health care and public health operations; human services operations; essential governmental functions; the media and essential infrastructure functions; stores that sell groceries and medicine; food and beverage production; agriculture operations; food banks and shelters; gas stations; auto and bicycle repair shops; banks; hardware and supply stores; plumbers; electricians; cleaning services for commercial and governmental buildings, mail and delivery services, laundromats and dry cleaners; restaurants with take out, drive thru, or delivery.
Governor Bullock's release listed essential activities Montanans are allowed to leave home for:
- For health and safety. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as by way of example only and without limitation, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
- For necessary supplies and services. To obtain necessary services for themselves and household members, or to deliver those services to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, including public lands in Montana provided they remain open to recreation. Montanans are discouraged from outdoor recreation activities that pose enhanced risks of injury or could otherwise stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency.
- For certain types of work. To perform work providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in the Governor's Directive, including Minimum Basic Operations.
- To care for others. To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, or pets as allowed by the Governor's Directive.
A list of essential workers can be found here: CISA Website
Read Governor Steve Bullock's directive here: Shelter In Place Directive