Gov. Bullock to provide update on "phased re-opening" of Montana

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Posted at 9:59 AM, Apr 22, 2020

HELENA — Governor Steve Bullock will conduct a news conference on Wednesday to provide details on Montana’s plan for a phased and gradual reopening.

The news conference is scheduled to begin at noon.

After almost four weeks of directives closing all public schools and many businesses and severely restricting others, it's expected that Bullock will start easing some of those restrictions.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced on Friday that after April 24 -- which is currently when the directives closing public schools and requiring people to stay home are set to expire -- a plan will be put in place to allow for a gradual reopening of Montana.

He said last week that as businesses reopen, he expects they will still be required to observe social-distancing guidance and other measures, including temperature checks of employees and cleaning requirements of high-traffic areas. “Once we reopen, we’ve got to be able to stay open,” Bullock said.

We will air the news conference on KPAX and KAJ and stream it here on our website .

As of Tuesday morning (April 21), there have been a total of 437 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, an increase of four since Monday. There have been 13 deaths to date. There have been five deaths in Toole County, two in Cascade County, two in Flathead County and one each in Lincoln, Madison, Missoula and Yellowstone counties.