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Governor Bullock's Social Distancing Directive

On March 26, 2020, Governor Bullock announced a Stay At Home Directive.  The Directive is in place from 12:01 a.m. March 28 through April 10. Per the directive, "Non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence are prohibited, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations."

The Directive does not include faith-based, social or civic organization meetings and services under the categories of "Essential Businesses and Operation" or "Essential Activities."

However, the Directive does state that "Businesses and religious and secular nonprofit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities," are essential.  

Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including where possible:

a. Designate six-foot distances. Designating with signage, tape, or by other means sixfoot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance;

b. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers;

c. Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers; and

d. Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.  

Read the full Directive here: Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive for Montana (pdf)

 

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