HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – On a press call Thursday afternoon, Governor Steve Bullock announced Montana will be implementing a stay-at-home order.
The order will take effect at 12:01 AM Saturday morning and is set to expire on April 10th.
People will be allowed to leave home for food and medical care, as well as outdoor activities, as long as social distancing is practiced.
Essential businesses will be allowed to remain open. That includes restaurants providing curbside, take-out and delivery service.
Other essential businesses include:
- Health Care and Public Health Operations
- Human Services Operations
- Essential Governmental Functions
- Essential Infrastructure
- Stores that sell groceries and medicine
- Gas Stations and businesses needed for transportation
- Hardware and supply stores
- Critical Trades
- Financial and real estate services and institutions
- Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
- Media (newspaper, TV, radio and other media services)
- Educational institutions
- Laundry Services
- Organizations that provide charitable and social services
- Food and beverage production and agriculture
- Transportation services
- Home-based care and services
- Residential facilities and shelters
- Professional services (legal, accounting, insurance, information technology, and real estate, appraisal and title services)
- Hotels and motels
- Funeral services
- Businesses that provide supplies for essential businesses
Essential businesses will be required to maintain social distancing, have hand sanitizer or other sanitizing products available, and have separate operating hours for vulnerable populations.
Non-essential businesses will be allowed to maintain minimum basic operations. This includes maintaining the value of inventory, preserving the condition of physical plant and equipment, ensuring security, making it possible for employees to work remotely, processing payroll and employee benefits, and related functions.
This is a Public Health Order that is enforceable by County Attorneys.
Bullock cited the need to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the main reason for this order.
As of Friday morning, there are 108 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Montana. That includes two Toole County residents and one Hill County resident.
It was 14 days ago that Montana confirmed it’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
The stay-at-home directive is likely to further hamper Montana’s economy. 14,000 unemployment claims were filed on the week ending March 21.
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