Health Orders & Health Officer Orders

A number of emergency health orders and rules have been put in place to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19. You can find a list of active orders below.

Active emergency health rules:

On January 20, 2021, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health extended the current Emergency Rule for the use of cloth face coverings for the prevention of COVID-19. This current rule is in effect until April 20, 2021.

The order requires the use of face coverings by people within indoor public settings in Gallatin County to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Exceptions include:

  • Children under the age of 5
  • While seated eating or drinking
  • While engaging in strenuous physical exercise
  • People with medical conditions that would be worsened by face coverings

On February 4, 2021 the Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted to extend the current public health rule governing capacity and operations for certain businesses, they also amended this rule to allow for these businesses to stay open until 2:00 a.m.

Other protective measures that remain in effect are:

  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing between patrons
  • Frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  • Eliminate shared or community items
  • Operate at 50% capacity
  • Limit tables to 6 people or less – this limit does not apply to persons younger than 18 years of age who are present with their parent or guardian

On January 20, 2021, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted to extend the Emergency Rule for Quarantine and Isolation.

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.


On January 20, 2021 the Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted to extend 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 14 days.


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.


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.

Phase 1 expired on May 31, 2020.

More Resources:



COVID-19 printable resources
Governor Bullock's Guidelines and Considerations for Reopening Businesses and Schools