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Bozeman City Commission ask Gallatin City-County Department BOH to consider stricter social distancing and face-covering regulations

City manager will write a letter to the BOH and Commissioner of Higher education
Posted at 3:26 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 17:26:13-04

BOZEMAN — The Bozeman City Commission met Monday night and discussed social distancing and mask usage in public spaces before getting to their main agenda items.

Commissioners agreed to have the City Manager write a letter to the Gallatin City-County Department Board of Health asking them to consider making stricter regulations when it comes to social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitization practices.

Commissioner Cunningham introduced the action because of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and local public comment about the issue.

Commissioners all agreed on getting a letter to the Board of Health about stricter regulations… but were not specific about what measures would look like and how they would be implemented.

“We want to make sure that we don’t try to put ourselves in the role of public health experts. The Board of Health has public health experts,” said Cunningham.

“So we want them to interpret that guidelines, stricter regulations, according to the best science available.

Commissioners also asked the City Manager to draft a letter to the Commissioner of Higher Education about creating stricter regulations for social distancing and wearing masks on campus.

The Commission said addressing the use of masks and social distancing on Montana State University’s campus affects the entire community.