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Bullock extends stay-at-home order, other directives for Montana through April 24

Posted at 2:07 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:03:23-04

Updated 2:30 p.m. MDT, April 7, 2020

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock announced he is extending his stay-at-home order, issued in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, through Friday, April 24.

Other directives issued by the Governor were also extended through April 24, including the closure of schools; the closures of bars, casinos and other nonessential businesses; prohibited dine-in service for restaurants; and the suspension of evictions, foreclosures and the shutting off of utilities for nonpayment.

In addition, Bullock also recommended Montanans wear cloth face masks when they're out in public places still open, such as grocery stores or pharmacies.

Bullock's directives were originally set to run through April 10. The Governor said he believes these orders are working to "flatten the curve," which refers to the peak time when COVID-19 cases spike and potentially overwhelm hospitals.

In response to a press inquiry, Bullock said he is not planning to impose a curfew, which is a more drastic measure to keep Montanans at home.

As of Tuesday, Montana confirms 319 cases of COVID-19, 57 recoveries, 28 hospitalizations, and 6 deaths.

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