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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

Visit Montana prioritizes the health and safety of our citizens and visitors. With that, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 and the rapidly changing public health situation. Visit Montana wants to ensure that you have the resources needed to make informed travel decisions. We are taking precautions according to information and recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization and we encourage the traveling public to seek and heed the latest expert guidance.

What you need to know

Governor Bullock has issued a travel advisory for Montanans who have traveled internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Montana. Beginning March 28 through April 10, Governor Bullock has issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. People in Montana may only leave their residence for health and safety, for necessary supplies, outdoor activity, essential work, or to take care of others. 

As of March 30, Governor Bullock is directing that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. For travelers arriving at any Montana airports and rail stations, temperature checks and screenings for potential exposure history may be conducted by the Montana National Guard to further protect against the spread of COVID-19. Effective through April 10, this Directive also advises vacation listing and rental sites to notify potential out-of-state renters about the quarantine requirement.


The CDC recommends older adults or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions who are at risk for disease, should consider postponing nonessential travel.

The State Department has advised that U.S. citizens abroad should return home unless staying for an indefinite period and that international travel should be avoided. Governor Bullock is advising that Montana citizens who have traveled internationally self-quarantine for 14 days and contact their local health department. 

For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Illness Prevention

This is a rapidly changing public health situation and it’s important to stay informed by following reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The best way to prevent infection from COVID-19 and any respiratory virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The same preventative measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have traveled to any destination during the past 14 days:

  • Monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
  • If you get sick with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
    • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.

We urge the traveling public to stay informed, seek information from reputable sources, and take preventative measures like washing your hands to protect against COVID-19.

Resources

For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:

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