Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Gallatin County as of June 17 – those cases are in Big Sky and in the Gallatin Valley. For these cases, a variety of transmission methods came into play: community transmission, out-of-state travel and contact to known cases, a Gallatin City-County Health Department press release explained. This brings the total confirmed active cases in the county to 12.

“There’s a reason 6 feet is the magic number. COVID-19 disease is spread through direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, especially when they cough or sneeze. This is why each one of us can protect ourselves through preventative measures such as social distancing and wearing cloth face covering,” the press release stated.

Lynne Anderson, co-owner of The Country Market, said less than 10% of her customers are wearing face masks. It is not something she intends to make a requirement of shoppers, but she wears a mask to protect herself and customers.

Roxy’s Market posted on Facebook, requesting customers follow guidelines set by Town Center Big Sky businesses “so we can remain open, safe and continue on to phase 3! We can only do this together, as a community!”

Big Sky Relief had a similar message: “We are strongly urging all locals and guests to take every precaution and be empowered to frequently inform and ask others to please enjoy Big Sky responsibly. Our success is dependent upon ALL of us.”

Wearing masks when shopping or in high traffic areas in addition to social distancing, sanitizing often and making responsible decisions are all encouraged.

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