Board of Health Emergency Rule for Phased Reopening: Phase Two
On May 28, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health signed an Emergency Rule for Phased Reopening: Phase Two that outlines the local approach to reopening businesses in Gallatin County as part of Phase Two. The rule aligns with Governor Bullock’s May 19 directive establishing conditions for the second phase of the phased reopening of Montana.
Phase 2 began on June 1, 2020.
Health Officer Order on Non-Congregate Sheltering in West Yellowstone
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.
Board of Health Emergency Rule for Quarantine and Isolation
At the 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. 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 order will not change requirements for the vast majority of individuals who are making a good-faith effort to stay at home after being diagnosed or while awaiting test results. The main purpose of the order is to give public health officials and law enforcement tools to use in the rare event that someone is unwilling or unable to stay at home.
Isolation is a critical component of reducing the spread of COVID-19 by separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
For all of us it is still important to pay attention and heed the governor’s stay-at-home directive to the best of your ability.
The Health Order for Quarantine and Isolation is most relevant to people who the health department contacts because they are a known case or a close contact of a known case. The Gallatin City-County Health Department will provide guidance and support to help them do the right thing and have the support they need.
Board of Health Emergency Rule for Phased Reopening: Phase One
The Gallatin City-County Board of Health adopted and amended an emergency rule on May 13 (originally created on May 1, 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.
Phase 1 expired on May 31, 2020.