On April 15, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health signed an Emergency Rule for Quarantine and Isolation. This supports Health Officer Matt Kelley’s Health Order for Quarantine and Isolation that went into effect on April 7, 2020 and was extended on July 24, 2020 and again on Oct. 22, 2020. The order requires people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to stay at home, and for people who have been identified by the Health Department as close contacts to a known case to also stay at home.
The Gallatin City-County Board of Health adopted an emergency rule on May 1, 2020 (and amended it on May 13, 2020) that outlines the local approach to reopening non-essential businesses in Gallatin County.
The rule aligns with Governor Bullock’s April 22 directive and his additional May 8 directive adding gyms, movie theaters, and museums. These directives provide guidance and requirements for the first phase of Montana’s phased reopening plan.
On May 28, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health signed an Emergency Rule for Phase Two Reopening that outlines the local approach to the second phase of reopening businesses in Gallatin County. It was amended by the Board of Health on June 9, 2020. It was extended by the Board on Aug. 27, 2020.
The rule aligns with Governor Bullock’s May 19 directive, which was amended on June 5, 2020, establishing conditions for the second phase of the phased reopening of Montana.
On June 11, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health amended emergency health rule EHR-2020-005 to extend restaurant, bar, brewery, distillery, and casino hours until 12:30am. The rule enables patrons to sit at bars and counters in strict compliance with social distancing and sanitation protocols.
On May 22, 2020, Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley signed a Health Officer Order establishing non-congregant sheltering in West Yellowstone for the duration of the public health emergency for COVID-19 to quarantine and isolate individuals.
On July 24, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health signed an Emergency Rule requiring the use of cloth face coverings for the prevention of COVID-19. It was amended and extended by the Board on Oct. 22, 2020. The order requires the use of face coverings by most people within most indoor public settings in Gallatin County to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
On Aug. 27, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health signed an emergency rule that allows for limited visitation at nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and senior and assisted living facilities in Gallatin County. The rule allows for some visitation consistent with safeguards required or recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Those safeguards include requirements for surveillance testing, symptom monitoring, adequate staffing and an absence of known COVID-19 cases in the facility for at least 28.