Cascade County Health Department order limits size of gatherings

Posted at 10:04 AM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 12:04:23-04

GREAT FALLS — The Cascade City-County Health Department in Great Falls on Friday evening issued a public health order that limits group gatherings in Cascade County to 250 people at indoor events and 500 people at outdoor venues.

The news release says that organizers of any event between 100 and 500 people must submit an event packet to the City-County Health Department for review and approval prior to the activity taking place. Click here to view the event packed (PDF).

Trisha Gardner, the CCHD health officer, said in a news release that large gatherings are known to be a cause of the spread of COVID-19 and additional cases hurt public health’s ability to do case isolation, contact tracing, and quarantining of people close to cases.

“The recent rise in cases is very concerning, and large events are known to be a contributing factor in the increasing caseload," Gardner explained.