Breaking: Governor Steve Bullock Extends Montana Shelter In Place order

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TLDR: Bullock has extended the stay at home order for the state of Montana until April 24th. This means you are directed to stay home except for essential trips or essential employees.



What does this mean for me?

You are directed to stay in your place of residence as much as feasible until the Shelter In Place order is lifted (currently set for April 24). When you are venturing outside, you should maintain a six foot distance from people who are not a point of constant contact (A point of constant contact is defined as a person or persons who are an unavoidable point of contact, such as those who live in your immediate household.)

Stay at home means remaining in your house, apartment, hotel / motel room, or any other form of shelter. This applies to all persons who reside in the state of Montana temporally or permanently.

Essential travel includes trips:

  • for to health and safety
  • for necessary supplies and services
    • such as to obtain groceries or medications
  • For outdoor activity
    • so long as you can maintain a safe six foot distance
  • For certain types of work outlined in Am I an essential employee
  • For care taking purposes

Am I an essential employee?

This directive defines essential businesses to be Health Care and Public Heath Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure.

This includes but is not limited to the following businesses:

  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Food and beverage production and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
  • Financial and real estate services and institutions
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades including but not limited to:
    • Building and construction
    • tradespeople
    • plumbers
    • electricians
    • exterminators
    • cleaning and janitorial staff
    • security staff
    • operating engineers
    • HVAC
    • painting
    • moving
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
  • educational institutions so long as they comply with school closures
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Transportation
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Funeral services

That was a long list, but if you job was on that list, you are allowed, (and in some cases required), to go to work. You can find more information in the PDF linked bellow

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