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Emergency rule extended in Gallatin Co. until April 24

Posted at 10:40 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 16:27:40-04

BOZEMAN — The Gallatin City-County Board of Health met Wednesday morning and approved an extension of the emergency rule, from April 17 to April 24, matching Governor Bullock’s mandate.

The board also passed an amendment to the quarantine and isolation rule. It basically prepares the county for non-compliance issues, according to Matt Kelley, Gallatin City-County Health Department Health Officer. “When we are pursuing the rare event of a non-compliance issue of someone who is not following the rule, mandated by the state of Montana, this creates a legal mechanism for that event.”

The amendment would allow prosecution in the rare case of someone violating the quarantine rule who has tested positive for Covid-19 and has knowledge of that.

Violators could be charged with misdemeanor offenses with fines ranging from $10 to $200 with no jail time.

More details will be presented on tonight’s 5:30 and 10 p.m. News.