Carbon County Health Officials issue rules for bars and restaurants

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Carbon County Board of Health, via Public Health Officer, William George, MD, and in coordination with the Carbon County COVID-19 Incident Management Team, issued an order effective 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, that all Carbon County, Montana restaurant dining rooms, bars, tap rooms, coffee shops and casinos will be closed. Drive through, delivery or take-out/pick-up service for food or beverage are not restricted under this order. This order will be in effect for one week, to be reviewed on a weekly basis. That timeline could change as officials learn more about how widespread COVID-19 is locally, and in coordination with Yellowstone County health officials.

According to Dr. George, “The team based this difficult decision on consultations with area healthcare providers, review of international data as well as national disease prevention guidelines. We have given much thought to how this will impact the business owners, employees and community members and fully understand the depth of the economic impact and inconvenience this order brings.”

George continued, “We feel this decision offers the best opportunity to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for community members and visitors.” The Carbon County Board of Health, through the Public Health Officer, has the legal duty to protect citizens from the introduction and spread of communicable disease. Dr. George emphasized, “This is a vital step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

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