Board of Health Amends Local Public Health Rule


March 17, 2021

A new local public health rule will allow for increased numbers for events and gatherings in Three Forks and the rest of Gallatin County.

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted March 12 to increase gatherings for indoor events to no more than 150 people if event sponsors put in place certain physical distancing measures to protect participants and the public.

Outdoor events of up to 250 people will be allowed with certain physical distancing measures in place. The physical distancing provisions in the rule include requirements that participants at indoor events with more than 50 people be seated at tables that are at least six feet apart with no more than six people per table.

Outdoor venues with more than 50 people are required to organize the event to maintain six feet between individuals and family/household groups. Event sponsors are required to manage physical layout, ingress/egress, and flow of foot traffic in ways that allows attendees to maintain six-foot physical distancing. The rule prohibits unstructured activities (such as dance floors) that encourage unpredictable social interactions that do not allow six feet of distance between participants.

The rule maintains a number of exemptions to the group size limitation, including those for houses of worship, K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning, youth participants at organized youth events, retail businesses that ensure predictable and manageable social interactions, government offices and operations, and established businesses such as restaurants, gyms, and other food services establishments subject to existing capacity requirements.

The rule allows an exemption for museums, sit-down theaters, and outdoor competition venues with established seating arrangements that adhere to physical distancing guidelines that do not exceed 50% of capacity for the venue.


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