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Flathead Co. health officials provide resources for re-opening businesses

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 18:49:57-04

KALISPELL — The Flathead County Health Department are providing additional resources this weekend as certain businesses plan for reopening on Monday.

Under Governor’s Bullock’s phase one direction, main street and retail businesses can become operational on Monday, if they follow requirements to limit capacity and maintain strict physical distancing.

Employers are directed to develop policies to keep employees and customers safe during this transition.

Flathead County Public Health Officer Hillary Hanson said health officials will be in constant contact with businesses and restaurants in the coming days.

She said extra health department staff will be on hand this weekend, giving advice and coming up with safety measures for both employees and customers during this uncertain time.

“So that people have the opportunity to ask some specifics about how they can do this, because guideline are one thing but having to think about how it’s directly impacting your business is a whole other piece,” said Hanson.

Restaurants, bars, breweries, and distilleries can begin providing some in-establishment services May 4. Large gathering businesses such as movie theaters and gyms remain closed at this time.