Reopening Gallatin County

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted on March 12, 2021 to increase event and group gathering sizes to 150 for indoor events and 250 for outdoor events.

On April 5, 2021, the board voted to amend the existing rule to allow 8 people per table at establishments such as restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and bowling alleys, and allowing a distance of 3 feet between groups at a bar. The Board also plans to revisit this rule in early May.

**Until the Board of Health votes to lift these measures, all public health rules are still in effect in Gallatin County.**

  • Face coverings must be worn in all public places regardless of the number of cases in the county.
  • If you have a higher risk of complications from COVID-19, you should continue to follow stay-at-home guidance.
  • All restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos should have no more than 50% capacity and close by 2:00 a.m.
  • All eating and drinking establishments should limit group sizes at tables to 8 or less. This rule does not apply to anyone 18 years or younger who are present with their parent or guardian. 
  • All public gatherings should be limited to 150 indoors, and 250 outdoors. Public gatherings must continue to practice other safety measures as stated in our public health rules. You can find more information on public gatherings here. Event organizers or hosts of more than 150 people that do not meet an exclusion listed on the public health rules page must submit an operations plan that outlines protective measures and environmental controls to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

As part of the state’s reopening plan, local jurisdictions are allowed to make adjustments and implement more strict measures in order to help prevent further spread. Visit our public health rules page for all the most up-to-date information. 


Continue to practice good hygiene.

  • Where a mask while in public and when social distancing is not possible.
  • 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.


  • Do not allow people with symptoms of COVID-19 to work.
  •  Create and follow a plan works with Federal, State, and local guidelines:
    • Stay 6 feet apart and use protective gear.
    • Check staff for fever and other symptoms.
    • Follow testing, quarantine, and contact tracing measures.
    • Be sure to follow cleaning and sanitizing guidelines.
    • Disinfect high-traffic areas.

Phase One included lifting the Stay-at-Home Directive and began on April 26, 2020. We moved into Phase Two of Montana’s Reopening Plan on June 1, 2020 and are currently in Phase Two.

Phase Two started on June 1, 2020 and additional amendments took effect on November 20, 2020. The Board of Health voted on February 4, 2021 to amend the closing times for certain businesses be moved from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health must vote to lift any local rules in Gallatin County.

More details will be available as we get closer to Phase Three of the reopening plan.

More Resources:



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