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. Updated guidance for Phase 2 specific to restaurants, breweries, distilleries and bars went into effect in Gallatin County on June 9 and was updated on November 6.

  • Gatherings may include no more than 25 people.
  • Vulnerable populations should continue to follow stay home guidance.
  • Gyms / pools / hot tubs can become operational at 50% capacity.
  • 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 25 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:



Governor's Face Covering Directive
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