This public health crisis has us all facing unprecedented challenges, and we want you to know the City of Whitefish is committed to the health and well-being of our residents and visitors. We are empathetic to the sacrifices, the anxiety, the struggle of changing habits, and the economic impacts we are all enduring.
Flathead County is now experiencing community widespread of COVID-19. We are continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), and taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local officials. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise for planning and to inform our choices.
It is essential we think beyond ourselves and especially consider the most vulnerable in our community. We ask you to stay vigilant with these best practices:
- Practice "social distancing" by staying 6-feet from others and canceling gatherings of 10 people or more (no gatherings for immunocompromised people and/or 60 and older).
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow).
- Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you become sick, call ahead to your health care provider, health department, urgent care, or emergency room before arrival.
- If you require emergency services, please tell the dispatcher in advance if you have flu-like symptoms so Emergency Medical Services (EMS) can be prepared with appropriate safety equipment.
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 City Council adopted Ordinance No. 20-11 requiring the use of face masks in public settings. On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive providing for mandatory use of face coverings in certain settings for Counties that have four or more confirmed and active COVID-19 cases. For violations of the City Ordinance 20-11, a complaint may be filed online. If the complaint is about a business outside of the City’s jurisdiction, please file a complaint with the Flathead City-County Health Department. For individuals with questions about the Governor’s directive you can call the Montana COVID-19 informational line at 1-888-333-0461.
While these times are trying, we will get through them together. We ask you to show extra kindness and compassion and take good care. Thanks for staying vigilant.