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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on August 31, 2020.

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Guidance on Reopening Businesses

Pursuant to Governor Bullock’s April 22, 2020 Executive Directive, May 8, 2020 Executive Directive, May 19, 2020 Executive Directive, and June 18, 2020 Executive Directive, Montana businesses are permitted to reopen in accordance with specified guidance. Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions.

  • Effective April 27, 2020, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, Main Street and retail businesses may become operational with reduced capacity and where strict physical distancing protocols can be maintained. Businesses that reopen must adhere to the reopening guidelines appended to Governor Bullock’s directive.

  • Effective May 4, 2020, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos may become operational under strict physical distancing and reduced capacity protocols in accordance with State guidelines. They will be required to close their doors by 11:30 p.m. and adhere to the guidelines appended to Governor Bullock’s directive. Effective June 1, 2020, they may increase capacity to 75 percent.

  • Retroactively effective May 5, 2020, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, pools at licensed public accommodations (such as hotel establishments) may become operational under strict physical distancing and reduced capacity protocols in accordance with the guidelines appended to Governor Bullock’s directive. Effective June 1, 2020, they may increase capacity to 75 percent. Additional guidance applicable to pools is appended to Governor Bullock’s June 18, 2020 Directive.

  • Effective May 15, 2020, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, gyms and fitness studios will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity with sanitization and social distancing requirements met. Additional guidelines, including for the reopening of gym pools, is provided in Governor Bullock’s May 7, 2020 Press Release and June 18, 2020 Directive. Effective June 1, 2020, they may increase capacity to 75 percent.

  • Effective May 15, 2020, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, theaters and museums may open in accordance with the guidance outlined in Governor Bullock’s May 7, 2020 Press Release, which includes compliance with CDC’s facility environmental cleaning procedures for areas of the establishment frequented by patrons. Interactive museums or museums with sections that allow touch interactions with displays are exempted, as are live performance theaters, which may not be open under this guidance.

  • Effective June 1, 2020, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, all businesses, including places of assembly such as concert halls and bowling alleys, may operate, provided they follow CDC sanitation protocols and adhere to strict physical distancing guidelines. Businesses that reopen must adhere to the reopening guidelines appended to Governor Bullock’s directive.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor

Dates Available

Beginning April 27, 2020; May 4, 2020; May 5, 2020; May 15, 2020; and June 1, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

See above.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

List of Additional Information

For more information, visit the Reopening Frequently Asked Questions.


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