Bullock Implementing New Measures in Wake of Statewide COVID Surge

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – With the COVID-19 case count continuing to climb, Governor Steve Bullock has issued a series of new measures to try and mitigate the spread of the virus.

Beginning on November 20th: restaurants, bars, casinos, distilleries and breweries will be limited to 50 percent capacity and must close by 10 PM.

No more than six people can be seated per table.

Bullock has also expanded the face mask to apply to all Montana counties, regardless of the active case count.

Additionally, gatherings that are unable to comply with social distancing are limited to no more than 25 people, with some exceptions. This does not apply to the establishments that are being limited to 50 percent capacity. Also exempt are houses of worship.

In a press release, the Governor’s Office says that, “to support businesses impacted by restrictions, the Governor will be providing another round of the Business Stabilization Grants to the existing businesses that have been vetted through the process and have received prior funding.”

Also being made available is, “$25 million to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to provide eligible Montanans who are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 disruptions with a supplemental payment of $200 a week for four weeks beginning on the week ending November 28th and ending December 19th. To receive this support, eligible recipients do not need to apply separately. Individuals will receive the benefit if they keep filing their regular payment requests in montanaworks.gov or mtpua.mt.gov.

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