Montana Requires All Out-of-State Travelers to Self-Quarantine; Outfitting Services Suspended
In response to the continuing health crisis caused by COVID-19, Governor of Montana Steve Bullock has issued a directive essentially closing Montana to interstate travel. All travelers entering the state from another state or country for non-work-related reasons are required to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. Montanans are also under stay-at-home orders, and all nonessential businesses have been closed through April 10th.
The Montana Outfitter Guides Association sought an exception to the order, offering implementation of a strict set of protocols to ensure safety of clients and staff, but the governor’s office denied that request.
Although the suspension of business operations and mandatory quarantine of visitors is currently through April 10, expectations are that the orders will be extended. SCI members with booked early-season trips to Montana should contact their operator to discuss possible alternatives.