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Published March 27, 2020

On March 26th, Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home; it also temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28, will buy time for health care workers on the frontlines and seeks to limit long term impacts to the state’s economy.

Essential services and businesses will remain operational and open. Businesses deemed essential are required to comply with social distancing guidelines when possible including maintaining six feet of distance, having sanitizing products available, and designating hours of operation specifically for vulnerable populations.

The Directive follows federal guidance to determine the businesses and operations deemed essential, which are summarized in the Directive linked below.

MACo has provided additional guidance and information regarding how the Directive affects Counties, also linked below.