Bullock Announces Phased Approach to Reopen Montana

Schools

•Beginning May 7, 2020 all schools have the option to return to in-classroom teaching delivery.

•The State recognizes that if reopened, schools will require the district to make adjustments and create plans, policies, and procedures.

•If schools plan to reopen they should consider:

•Implementing an alternative educational delivery model that includes a mix of in-person and remote learning.

•Providing focused individual education, especially for at-risk students.

•How to reconnect and meet the educational needs of students who fall behind in a remote learning environment.

•The importance of maintaining the connection between students, teachers, and parents.

•The important role that schools play in the health of students, families, and communities.

•Graduation environments that can meet the social distancing requirements.


Phase One: Individuals

•ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should continue to follow the stay home guidance. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.

•Vulnerable Individuals: people over 65 years of age and/or those with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

•All individuals (non-household), WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others.

•Avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

•MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVELand adhere to Montana guidelines regarding quarantine.

Phase One: Employers

•Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK whenever possible and feasible with business operations.

•When telework is not feasible it is encouraged to ACCOMMODATE ALTERNATE WORK SCHEDULES such as shift work and staggered scheduling in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

•Close COMMON AREAS where personnel are likely to congregate and interact; or enforce strict social distancing protocols.

•MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS TRAVEL.

•SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS should be made for members of a VULNERABLE POPULATION or those with vulnerable household members.14

PHASE TWO

➢Gatherings may expand to 50 people.

➢Vulnerable populations should continue to follow stay home guidance.

➢Gyms / Pools / Hot Tubs can become operational.

➢In addition to houses of worship, other places of assembly can become operational under the group size restrictions and physical distancing guidelines in this phase.


Individuals and Employers

•Avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

•NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL guidelines remain the same as PHASE ONE for individuals traveling into Montana and for Montanans returning home.

•VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should continue to adhere to the stay home guidance.

•Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK as much as possible and where feasible but refer to guideline in PHASE ONE when telework is not possible.

•SENIOR LIVING OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES must continue to follow the guidelines of PHASE ONE.

•CHILD CARE FACILITIES can in crease capacity if physical distancing guidelines can be implemented.

•ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES remain operational and should avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

•ALL BUSINESSES can remain operational and must adhere to physical distancing. •RESTAURANTS / BARS / BREWERIES / DISTILLERIES / CASINOS remain in the same operational status as PHASE ONE, but with an increase in capacity.

•GYMS / POOLS / HOT TUBS can become operational with reduced capacity and only if they can adhere to strict physical distancing and they exercise frequent sanitation protocols.

•OUTDOOR RECREATION remain in the same operational status as PHASE ONE.

•PLACES OF ASSEMBLY can become operational with reduced capacity and must adhere to physical distancing. Avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

PHASE THREE

➢No limit on group size.

➢Vulnerable populations can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, and continue to take precautionary measures.

Complete document can be found at https://www.docdroid.net/XvJdCGP/reopening-montana-phased-approach-pdf#page=11













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