Reopening the Big Sky
A Phased Approach
April 22, 2020
Statement from Montana Governor Steve Bullock:
To my fellow Montanans:
In times of crisis, Montanans have always pulled together, and this time has been no different. We have been aggressively managing the virus.
As a result of the actions we have taken, we have among the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation. Montana also has the lowest number of hospitalizations, per capita, in the nation.
We have slowed the spread of this virus and saved lives.
These collective actions have allowed us to get to where we are today – to begin a phased reopening of the state.
I recognize that for over the past five weeks Montanans all across the state have gone to incredible lengths to protect our families, friends and the greater Montana community. We have made these sacrifices for health care workers. We have done so for all the other frontline workers in this crisis. We have done so for those most vulnerable to severe illness from this disease. From the start of this pandemic, I have been incredibly inspired each and every day by how Montanans have come together as a community and by how Montanans have taken the directives seriously to keep our fellow Montanans healthy and safe.
While there is reason for optimism, I am going to ask Montanans to continue looking out for our neighbors who need it the most and to continue being vigilant in every step we take. Because just as important as it was for us to act as a community beginning five weeks ago, that still holds true to this day – and moving forward.
Once we begin to reopen, we want to be able to stay open. Our personal responsibility to protect those around us – particularly those most vulnerable – remains just as important as any time during this pandemic.
We have done this the Montana way by taking care of our neighbors when things get tough, and we will continue to do so. Thank you for doing what is best for the state of Montana, best for Montana workers, and best for the future of Montana's children.