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Gallatin Co. to close barbershops, salons, other personal care businesses

Posted: 12:36 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 14:36:48-04
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BOZEMAN — The Gallatin County Board of Health is proposing that “personal care businesses” like barbershops to close due to increasing COVID-19 concerns.

The motion passed to amend the emergency rule, including barbershops, salons, tanning salons, and other personal care businesses on Thursday morning with only one opposing vote.

Excluded from the rule, for now, are physical therapy facilities and essential chiropractic practitioners. Museums are also in the list of businesses to close as part of the rule, but many already have closed to the public.

The extended closure rule will go into effect at 9 p.m. on Thursday. March 26. A similar rule was instituted in Missoula County earlier this week.

Also during the meeting, board member Matt Kelley discussed the evidence of community contact, as a “significant number of cases did not have any history of travel,” and more discussion was done on contact tracing efforts to control and slow down the spread of the disease.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.