Possible health rule revisions

Bars, restaurants, gyms and gatherings could see further restrictions

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health is set to meet on Friday, Nov. 6 to consider revisions to a local health rule. Those revisions could include new restrictions on certain businesses intended to slow the transmission of COVID-19, a press release stated.

Bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, and places of assembly could see shifts in operations.

Measures up for discussion include shifting the closing time for bars, tasting rooms, distilleries, casinos, and restaurants from 12:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and limiting group size at tables to 6 people; requiring higher-risk businesses such as gyms/fitness centers, places of assembly, bars, restaurants, distilleries, casinos to lessen the number of patrons from 75% to 50% of capacity; and limit physical group gatherings in Gallatin County to no more than 25 individuals, regardless of the ability to physically distance. Exceptions for certain businesses and organizations like houses of worship are included in the proposed rule revisions.

“Gallatin County has seen rapid, widespread, and sustained increases in new cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations, and outbreaks in several longterm care facilities for seniors,” according to the release. “The rising level of disease is pushing hospitals in some Montana communities and neighboring states to near capacity, causing dozens of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Montana, and driving up the number of deaths of those who contract the disease.”

The proposed Board rule and other meeting materials can be found on the health department’s web site: https://www.healthygallatin.org/about-us/ minute-meetings-agendas/.

Public comments can be sent to https://BoardofHealthPublicComment.formstack.com/ forms/board_of_health_november6. The Board will accept written comments until 4 PM on Thursday, Nov. 5.

To participate virtually in Friday’s meeting, please register in advance at https://bit.ly/3oOOurY. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The meeting will also be audio live streamed via AVCapture https://www.healthygallatin.org/about-us/minute-meetings-agendas/.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406- 548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com

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