Tightened restrictions at bars, restaurants, gyms and group gatherings

Gallatin City-County Board of Health revises local health rule effective immediately

New health restrictions were enacted on Friday via a unanimous decision by the Gallatin City-County Board of Health after a meeting that lasted over five hours. The restrictions were in effect immediately and last for the next 90 days, or “until the board revokes or modifies the rule based on certain epidemiological metrics,” according to a press release.

In making the revision, the board considered the strain on area hospitals from sustained increase in new cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations, outbreaks in some long-term care facilities, and an increase in COVID-19 deaths.
Revisions to the local health rule include:

● Moving the mandatory closing time for bars, tasting rooms, distilleries, casinos, and restaurants from 12:30 AM to 10 PM, and limiting group size at tables to 6 people;
● Requiring that higher-risk businesses – such as gyms/fitness centers, places of assembly, bars, restaurants, distilleries, casinos – limit the number of patrons to 50% of capacity. The Board’s current local emergency rules allow these businesses to operate at 75% of capacity;
● Limiting most physical group gatherings in Gallatin County to no more than 25 individuals, regardless of the ability to physically distance. This restriction applies to both indoor and outdoor events. Currently, the Board of Health allows groups of up to 50 people without social distancing, and larger groups if social distancing can be accommodated.

There are exceptions for certain businesses and organizations where social distancing is most feasible, including houses of worship and certain places of assembly.

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