Masks pass

Construction workers and 6-12 grade students at schools included in the local rule

After an early morning meeting teeming with scientific evidence and debate, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health passed a local rule for face coverings by a vote of 7-2. The board also voted to extend the emergency rule for isolation and quarantine for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 by an 8-1 vote. In an effort to expedite the meeting, comments were limited to three minutes per person, but public comment lasted over three hours.

The local rule closely mirrors Governor Steve Bullock’s statewide directive for face coverings in public settings. Face covering requirements were expanded with the local rule to include 6-12 grade students in schools and workers on construction sites, when social distancing is not feasible.

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