Reopening Gallatin County

On April 22, 2020 Governor Bullock announced a plan to gradually reopen the state through a three-phase process. Phase 1 expired on May 31, 2020. Phase 2 Reopening began Monday, June 1, 2020.

The phased approach considers:

  • Up-to-date data across the state
  • Mitigation of the risk of further spread of the virus
  • Protection of vulnerable populations

Local jurisdictions maintain control over adjusting phases and implementing stricter measures in their communities as needed.


  • Continue to practice good hygiene
    • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
    • Use non-medical face coverings while in public, especially in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (grocery/retail stores, pharmacies, public transportation, etc.).


  • Develop and implement appropriate policies, in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations and guidance, and informed by industry best practices, regarding:
    • Social distancing and protective equipment
    • Temperature checks and/or symptom screening
    • Collaborate with public health on testing, isolating, and contact tracing
    • Sanitation
    • Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
  • Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow people with symptoms of COVID-19 to work.
  • Collaborate with public health when implementing policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following an employee COVID+ test.

PHASE ONE, including lifting the Stay-at-Home Directive, began Sunday, April 26, 2020 and expired May 31, 2020.

PHASE TWO began Monday, June 1, 2020.

  • Gatherings may expand to 50 people. For guidance on event planning, see here.
  • Vulnerable populations should continue to follow stay home guidance.
  • Gyms / pools / hot tubs can become operational.
  • In addition to houses of worship, other places of assembly can become operational under the group size restrictions and physical distancing guidelines in this phase.
  • If you are planning an event with more than 50 people, you should consult with the Gallatin City-County Health Department on a plan to implement an maintain adequate social distancing.
  • No limit on group size.
  • Vulnerable populations can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, and continue to take precautionary measures.
More Resources:


COVID-19 printable resources
Governor Bullock's Reopening MT phased approach
Governor Bullock's Guidelines and Considerations for Reopening Businesses and Schools
Governor Bullock's Guidelines and Considerations for Reopening Businesses and Schools
cloth face coverings guideline