Order requires anyone traveling to Montana to self-quarantine for 2 weeks

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Originally reported by Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. — Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued an order on Monday, March 30 which requires “travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.”


The governor’s office says that Bullock issued a “Stay at Home Directive” last week. The new order will stay in effect through April 10.

“While we love our visitors, we would ask that you not come visit while Montanans are watching out for one another by staying at home,” Bullock said in a Monday release. “This is important not only to protect our health care system, but also to protect against the spread of COVID-19.”

“As of today, travel from another state or country is the most common known source of COVID-19 infections in Montana. I am asking anyone who is in Montana and has recently traveled from another state or country to do the right thing and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

The restriction applies to residents and non-residents of Montana.

“It requires a self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of a non-work trip to Montana—whichever is shorter,’” the release addes. “The Directive also instructs the Montana Department of Commerce to advise vacation listing and rental sites that they must notify potential out-of-state renters about the quarantine requirement. Health care workers are excluded from the Directive.”

“Further, the Directive authorizes the Montana National Guard to conduct temperature checks at Montana airports and rail stations and screen for potential exposure history for travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country.”

The full directive is available online.