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Guide to Reopening in Missoula County

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Below is a quick reference guide to assist businesses, employees, and customers with navigating Phase 1 reopening in Missoula County.

This guide provides requirements (things that must be done) and recommendations (things that should be done) as of May 11, 2020. The requirements and recommendations listed under ALL BUSINESSES below apply to any and all businesses, including those previously considered “essential.” Specific types of businesses are subject to additional requirements and recommendations as detailed below.

This guide draws on primary documents from Missoula City-County Health Department, State of Montana, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Please consult these primary sources for definitive guidance.

NOTE: Per the Governor’s directive, the following businesses are prohibited from operating during Phase 1 COVID-19 reopening:

Pools not in gyms or lodging facilities, hot tubs not in gyms or lodging facilities, live performance theaters, concert halls, bowling alleys, bingo halls, music halls, and other places of assembly.

  • ALL BUSINESSES

    REQUIRED

    • Conduct pre-shift health assessments
    • Do not allow employees with symptoms to work
    • Reduce capacity
    • Close waiting areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between non-congregate customers, which might require:
      – Capacity reduction
      – Seating and waiting area capacity reductions
      – Oversight of waiting areas and waiting lines
      – Systems that reduce contact time between customers and staff

    RECOMMENDED

    • Seek out industry best practices, including those from your industry or trade association or similar group.
    • Implement plans for social distancing, protective equipment, sanitation, disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
    • Implement plans for testing, isolating and contact tracing in collaboration with the Missoula City-County Health Department
    • Monitor workforce for symptoms
    • Encourage telework when possible and feasible
    • Accommodate alternative work schedules, staggered shifts, etc.
    • Close common areas where employees may congregate or enforce strict social distancing protocols
    • Minimize non-essential business travel
    • Accommodate vulnerable employees
  • BARS AND RESTAURANTS

    Bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and casinos. Review Missoula County's Guide to Re-opening Food and Drink Establishments.

    REQUIRED

    • Keep on-premise dining closed if the requirements in the Governor’s directive cannot be met (can still operate through curbside, delivery, and to-go)
    • Provide 6’ separation between groups of diners, including those in back-to-back booth seats
    • Implement a specific cleaning plan
    • Train employees in proper sanitation practices
    • Clean all occupied surfaces between customers (tables, chairs, booths, highchairs)
    • Remove any table item (condiments, menus, napkins, and décor) that can’t be cleaned between customers
    • Clean menus between customers
    • Conduct pre-shift health assessments
    • Do not allow employees with symptoms to work
    • Reduce capacity to no more than 50% normal operating capacity
    • Limit table size to 6 customers
    • Provide 6’ physical distancing between groups/tables by
      – Space, remove or mark tables as closed
      – Provide physical barrier between tables
    • Close, with all customers out, by 11:30 (breweries/distilleries must abide by 8 pm closing time per state law)
    • Remove or close seating at bars or counters
    • In bars, food and drink must be served to customers at the table
    • Self-service buffets are not allowed
    • Drink refills are not allowed (in the same cup)
    • Space gaming machines 7 feet on center or placed out of service
    • Close waiting areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between non-congregate customers, which might require:
      – Capacity reduction
      – Seating and waiting area capacity reductions
      – Oversight of waiting areas and waiting lines
      – Systems that reduce contact time between customers and staff

    RECOMMENDED

    • Keep self-service cups, straws, and lids behind a counter and hand to customers
    • Eliminate self-service condiments
    • Seek out industry best practices
    • Implement plans for social distancing, protective equipment, sanitation, disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
    • Implement plans for testing, isolating and contact tracing in collaboration with Missoula City-County Health Department
    • Monitor workforce for symptoms
    • Encourage telework when possible and feasible
    • Accommodate alternative work schedules, staggered shifts, etc
    • Close common areas where employees may congregate or enforce strict social distancing protocols
    • Minimize non-essential business travel
    • Accommodate vulnerable employees
  • RETAIL BUSINESSES

    All retail businesses, including businesses previously deemed “essential”

    REQUIRED

    • Offer only curbside pick-up and delivery services UNLESS the following requirements are met:
      – Reduce capacity to 50% in the place at any given time
      – Have measures in place to protect customers and staff in lines and at counters, like barriers, signs, and floor markings
      – Staff have been trained in good hygiene, physical distancing, COVID-19 symptoms, and exclusion
      – The business has developed a plan, as evidenced by filling out the Appendix “Phase 1 Retail Business Plan”, to be kept on site and made available to the Missoula City-County Health Department upon request
    • Conduct pre-shift health assessments
    • Do not allow employees with symptoms to work
    • Reduce capacity by 50%
    • Close waiting areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between non-congregate customers, which might require:
      – Capacity reduction
      – Seating and waiting area capacity reductions
      – Oversight of waiting areas and waiting lines
      – Systems that reduce contact time between customers and staff

    RECOMMENDED

    • Seek out industry best practices
    • Implement plans for social distancing, protective equipment, sanitation, disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
    • Implement plans for testing, isolating and contact tracing in collaboration with the Missoula City-County Health Department
    • Monitor workforce for symptoms
    • Encourage telework when possible and feasible
    • Accommodate alternative work schedules, staggered shifts, etc
    • Close common areas where employees may congregate or enforce strict social distancing protocols
    • Minimize non-essential business travel
    • Accommodate vulnerable employees
  • EVENTS AND GATHERINGS

    Fairs, festivals, markets, concerts, sporting events, races, private parties outside the home, etc.

    REQUIRED

    • Events and Gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people, and physical distancing of 6’ is required.
    • Groups are limited to 10 people if six-foot distance cannot be maintained.

    RECOMMENDED

    • Maintain at least 6 feet from others, even in groups of 10 and fewer
    • Practice good hygiene (wash hands, don’t touch face, use tissue or inside of elbow to sneeze, disinfect items and surfaces often, consider face coverings in public where circumstances don’t readily allow physical distancing)
    • Stay home if sick and get tested if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (Symptoms can be mild to severe and show 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever greater than 100.4ºF, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills or repeated shaking with chills, unexplained muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell)
  • ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES

    REQUIRED

    • Adhere to physical distancing guidelines
    • Adhere to the limitations on events and gatherings (see “Events and Gatherings”)

    RECOMMENDED

    • Individuals: Practice good hygiene (wash hands, don’t touch face, use tissue or inside of elbow to sneeze, disinfect items and surfaces often, consider face coverings in public where circumstances don’t readily allow physical distancing)
    • Individuals: Stay home if sick and get tested if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (Symptoms can be mild to severe and show 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever greater than 100.4ºF, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills or repeated shaking with chills, unexplained muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell)
  • OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES

    REQUIRED

    • Adhere to strict physical distancing between groups
    • Follow frequent sanitation protocols
    • Close areas that cannot practicably implement social distancing or meet sanitation needs
    • Adhere to the limitations on events and gatherings (see “Events and Gatherings”)

    RECOMMENDED

    • In public, individuals should maintain at least 6 feet from others, even in groups of 10 or fewer
    • Practice good hygiene (wash hands, don’t touch face, use tissue or inside of elbow to sneeze, disinfect items and surfaces often, consider face coverings in public where circumstances don’t readily allow physical distancing)
    • Stay home if sick and get tested if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms  (Symptoms can be mild to severe and show 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever greater than 100.4ºF, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills or repeated shaking with chills, unexplained muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell)
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP

    REQUIRED

    • Reduce capacity
    • Maintain strict physical distancing between non-household members

    RECOMMENDED

    • Avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people when appropriate physically distancing is not readily achievable.
  • PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

    Businesses providing grooming, beauty, body art, piercing, massage, spa and similar services, including but not limited to barbers (including barbers and barbers - nonchemical), cosmetologists, electrologists, and estheticians

    Before reopening, personal care businesses must a complete a Personal Care Service Plan for their business that shows how they will meet the minimum requirements and have it available upon request by the Missoula City-County Health Department. Detailed requirements, recommendations, and strategies to consider for reopening are outlined in this Personal Care Services Guidance document.

     

    The plan must cover:

    • Employee and client health screening and exclusion
    • Use of personal protective clothing and equipment
    • Capacity and maintaining 6’ physical distance between unassociated clients and staff
    • The facility’s enhanced cleaning and sanitizing plan.
  • GYMS

    Beginning May 15th, gyms may reopen provided they follow the requirements for all businesses and additional requirements as outlined by the Missoula City-County Health Department.

  • POOLS AT GYMS AND LODGING FACILITIES

    Beginning May 15th, pools at gyms and lodging facilities may reopen provided they follow the requirements for all businesses and additional requirements as outlined by the Missoula City-County Health Department.

  • MOVIE THEATERS AND MUSEUMS

    Beginning May 15th, movie theaters and non-tactile museums may reopen provided they follow the requirements for all businesses and additional requirements as outlined by the Missoula City-County Health Department.

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