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Montana Moves to Phase Two June 1


On June 1st, the state of Montana will move into Phase 2 COVID-19 guidelines.

There are a few major differences between Phase 1 and the new Phase 2 guidelines. In general, businesses and groups are able to operate in a more open manner than previously, though social distancing guidelines, as well as cleaning protocols should still be followed. Here are a few of the major changes:

Phase 2 means and increase in permissible group size to groups of 50 (as opposed to groups of 10 in Phase 1). In Powder River County, the arena, fairbarn, and community center are now open for events which comply with these directives.

Although typically open the first week of June, the museum board voted that the museum will not open to the public until we have reached Phase 3. The museum will be available for private appointments by request.

Restaurants, bars, and casinos may now operate at 75% capacity.

Gyms, pools, and hot tubs may operate at 75% capacity. With the move to Phase 2 guidelines, the Powder River County Commissioners plan to open the swimming pool in June, once the lifeguards are trained and the pool is ready.

Effective June 1, the required 14 day quarantine for travelers arriving in Montana for non-essential activities is lifted.

Individuals are still asked to practice good hygiene, and people who feel sick should still stay at home during Phase 2.


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