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Bullock directs quarantine for travelers arriving from out of state

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 18:56:14-04

According to the Governor's Office, Gov. Steve Bullock directed on Monday that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The directive is 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,” Gov. Bullock said in a press release. “This is important not only to protect our health care system, but also to protect against the spread of COVID-19.”

According to the release, the Directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes. It requires a self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of a non-work trip to Montana—whichever is shorter.

The Montana Department of Commerce has been instructed 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.

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