Reopening preparations begin for local businesses

: Website and call center available for guidelines and questions

The governor’s stay at home director ends this weekend, houses of worship may have parishioners as soon as this Sunday and some local businesses prepare to soon reopen. Non-food retail businesses as well as businesses offering personal care services like hair salons and body art studios will be able to open as soon as Monday, with restaurants and bars having that option by May 4, but with strict physical distancing guidelines and reduced capacities. 

It’s important to note that we have a long way to go with this pandemic, Gallatin City-County Health Department health officer Matt Kelley explained on April 24.

“The goal is not to get back to our old normal, but to find a new normal,” he said. 

The Gallatin City-County Health Department will be working closely with area businesses to protect the health and safety of staff and customers. 

Business owners are asked to consider “employee self-monitoring, encourage sick staff to go home and support them when they have to go home,” Kelley said. 

Business owners should visit to read the governor’s directive and guidance from the Gallatin City-County Health Department. Any remaining questions can be referred to the call center at (406) 548-0123.  

Kelley reminded Montanans that the virus remains dangerous and widespread. Residents are encouraged to proceed with caution and high-risk individuals should maintain strict social distancing practices. 



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