County Mask Mandate- Clubhouse & Restaurant Information
Dear Gallatin County Licensed Establishments,
Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte lifted the statewide mask mandate, Gallatin Health Officer Matt Kelley reiterated that the county’s face covering rule remains in effect.
“We understand that our epidemiology looks better than it did in November (and) we understand that the vaccine is rolling out,” Kelley said during a press call on Friday. “I want people to also understand there are still thousands of Montanans who remain vulnerable to this virus. They have to go into those public settings, and it’s a very simple act of courtesy that we can have for one another to wear those face coverings.”
On Monday, April 5, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health made a number of changes to local emergency rules that are meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Gallatin County.
l ) Extending the local face covering rule until May 27, unless otherwise amended or rescinded. The Board intends to meet again in early May to consider this rule.
2) Amending the local Phase Two reopening rule to allow 8 people per table at establishments such as restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and bowling alleys, and allowing a bar stool distance of 3 feet between groups at a bar. Group gathering size and capacity limitations remain unchanged. The Board also plans to revisit this rule in early May.
With a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) urges you, your staff, and your patrons to continue taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus in our communities. Avoid crowds, wear face coverings in public, wash your hands frequently, stay home when you’re sick, and get a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
- Indoor events and group gatherings
- Limited to no more than 150 people. The number of people at an event includes attendees, staff, volunteers, and others on site at any one time.
- For indoor events with 50-150 people the following measures must be taken
- All participants must be seated at tables at least six feet apart with no more than eight people per table. This rule does not apply to anyone 18 years or younger who are present with their parent or guardian.
- The tables must be placed in a way that allows physical distancing 3 feet apart
- Any retail-like events, such as trade shows, must ensure physical layout that maintains social distancing.
- Shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.
- Outdoor events and group gatherings
- Limited to no more than 250 people. The number of people at an event includes attendees, staff, volunteers, and others on site at any one time.
- For outdoor events and group gatherings with 50-250 people:
- All participants must be able to maintain strict physical distancing of at least six feet.
- For events with more than 50 people, event sponsors must at all times avoid unstructured events or activities (such as dance floors) that allow for unpredictable or unmanageable social interactions.
- Event organizers or hosts of more than 150 people that do not meet an exclusion below must submit an operations plan that outlines protective measures and environmental controls.
The following are excluded:
- Houses of worship
- K-12 schools
- Higher education
- Organized youth events such as after-school programs or youth athletics
- Retail businesses
- Government offices and operations
- Gyms, fitness studios, and indoor recreation facilities
- Construction sites
- Food service establishments that serve a population that depends on the establishment as one of its sole food sources (such as a cafeteria)
- Museums, sit-down theaters, and outdoor competition venues with established seating