IMPORTANT NOTE: Per Health Officer Ellen Leahys' April 24th order and Governor Bullock's April 22nd order, the following dates apply for reopening businesses in Missoula County:
April 26 -the Stay at Home Directive expires for individuals and places of worship
April 27 – Non-essential retail businesses may reopen to curbside pickup or delivery only
May 1 – Retail businesses, except those with later opening dates, may provide in-store business. These businesses must meet Missoula County requirements. Each business must create a plan for limiting the number of customers to 50%, providing social distancing measures, employee health screening, and excluding ill employees. Plan must include staff training.
May 4 –Restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries and casinos can provide service in the dining areas providing they abide by the Governor’s Directive.
May 7 – Local school boards can decide to reopen.
May 11 - Personal care businesses providing grooming, beauty, body art, piercing, massage, spa and similar services, including but not limited to barbers (including barbers and barbers - nonchemical), cosmetologists, electrologists, and estheticians can reopen, provided they meet the minimum requirements in Appendix C of the Health Officer's May 8 order.
May 15 - Gyms, pools in gyms, and movie theaters may reopen.
May 23 - Farmers' Markets selling only unprocessed agricultural products are allowed upon written approval of the Missoula City-County Health Department as long as they meet the minimum requirements in Appendix A of the Health Officer's May 8 order.
May 23 - Graduation ceremonies are allowed upon written approval of the Missoula City-County Health Department as long as they meet the minimum requirements in Appendix B of the Health Officer's May 8 order.
June 1 - Phase Two Reopening Begins - all businesses and places of assembly may open, provided they follow social distancing and sanitation requirements in the Governor's May 19 directive and Health Officer's May 28 order. Events and gatherings with more than 50 people may resume, but they must adhere to the Health Officer's May 28 Order and Appendix A for event planning.
July 9 - Face coverings are required by employees, contractors, volunteers, customers and visitors 12 years and older within business and government buildings, within a shared vehicle and within indoor spaces open to the public. Employees who perform work in private homes must wear a face covering when other people are present. Businesses, government offices and persons/corporate entities responsible for an indoor space open to the public shall provide face coverings to employees and provide accommodations for employees, contractors, customers and visitors if required by state and federal disability laws. Businesses, government offices and persons/corporate entities responsible for an indoor space open to the public shall post clearly visible signs at entry points that state "Mask or face covering use required for ages 12 and older." Please review the Board of Health Rule or the Health Office Order (below) for exceptions to this requirement.
July 15 - Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in all counties with four or more active cases. The Governor's directly applies to everyone five years old and older. Per the directive, all businesses, government offices, or other persons responsible for indoor spaces open to the public shall require and take reasonable measures to ensure that all employees, contractors, volunteers, customers, or other members of the public wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while entering or remaining in any indoor spaces open to the public. In addition, for any organized outdoor activity where social distancing is not possible or is not observed, sponsors shall require and take reasonable measures to ensure that all persons attending an organized outdoor activity wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times. Please review the the Directive (below) for exceptions and additional information.
NEW: Directive providing for the mandatory use of face coverings in certain settings - July 15, 2020
If you are a Missoula County business and you have questions about closures or how to follow Phase One or Two social distancing requirements, please call MCCHD's Environmental Health Division:
Guidance from MCCHD
NEW: Frequently asked questions about Missoula County's Mandatory Face Covering Rule and Order - Updated July 20, 2020
Phase Two Personal Care Services Plan (fillable form) (From Appendix B)
Phase Two Guidance for Personal Care Services (From Appendix B)
Phase Two Personal Care Services Employee Health Agreement (From Appendix B)
Phase Two Retail Business Plan (fillable form) (From Appendix C)
Phase Two Guidance for Pools and Hot Tubs (Revised on 06/15/2020)
Phase One Reopening Requirements Appendices (forms, requirements and guidance) - Updated May 19, 2020
Phase One Personal Care Services Plan (fillable form) (From Appendix C)
Guidance for Personal Care Services (From Appendix C)
Personal Care Services Employee Health Agreement (From Appendix C)
Farmer's Markets Minimum Requirements (Appendix A)
Guidance for Meeting Physical Distancing and Other Phase One Requirements in Retail Food Establishments
Guidance from CDC
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
Guidance from WHO