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On January 13, 2021, Governor Gianforte issued Directive 2-2021 that repeals previously issued directives and is effective January 15, 2021, at 5 a.m.
The new statewide Directive repeals the limits on capacity and hours of operations for bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and casinos. However, all businesses should continue to follow industry best practices and federal, state, and local regulations and guidance such as social distancing and sanitation protocols. Gatherings are no longer limited to 25 individuals but should be managed to follow CDC social distancing guidelines. The Directive continues to maintain the statewide mask mandate. A face covering must always be worn while in indoor spaces open to the public and when social distancing is not possible or not observed during any organized outdoor activity. There are certain exemptions that are listed in the Directive.With the continuance of a statewide mask mandate, City of Whitefish Emergency Ordinance 21-01, that requires the use of face covering is not in effect. Should the statewide mask mandate be lifted in the future, Emergency Ordinance 21-01 will immediately go into effect for 90 days.