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Bars, restaurants ordered to close as counties declare disasters


March 17, 2020

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Havre Public Schools District Clerk and Food Service Administrator Shanna Flores hands five preprepared breakfasts to James Smith Monday outside Lincoln-McKinley Primary School in Havre. The school district has implemented a grab and go meal program for anyone under 18 while the Havre schools are closed to reduce the chance of exposure to COVID-19.

Havre Daily News staff

Havre restaurants are posting notices online that restaurants and bars have been directed to close their in-facility dining and customer service as the Hill County Commission, as well as the Liberty County Commission, declaring states of emergency due to COVID-19.

"Hill County Health Department announced all bars, restaurants, are ordered to be closed starting at noon today," a post on the Duck Inn Facebook page said.

The Duck Inn post, and others around the community, said the restaurant is offering take out, curbside to go and delivery.

Representatives of the Hill County Health Department and Hill County Commission were not available for comment by printing deadline this morning.

Hill and Blaine county health departments have issued a joint statement with guidelines people should follow.

People who are ill are asked to adhere to the following guidelines:

• Stay home, except to get medical care if necessary, if necessary, call ahead to access the primary care provider.

•  Stay away from other people, even within the home, as much as possible

• People who are sick and must be around people should wear a mask to decrease transmission of any respiratory pathogen.

• People should cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue, dispose of the tissue and immediately wash hands or use hand-sanitizer

• Wash hands often, with soap and hot water

• Avoid sharing personal items

• Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

Both county health departments said for people to follow Gov. Steve Bullock's recommendations on social distancing, which are:

• Limiting all gatherings, especially those gatherings of more than 50 people.

• Organizers should refrain from planning new gatherings and cancel existing gatherings.

•  Individuals should avoid attending gatherings when possible

• People 60 or older should not participate in any gatherings, especially those gatherings of more than 20 people.

• People who are immunocompromised or with chronic health conditions should not participate in any gatherings, especially those over 20 people

• Parents should avoid, if possible, placing children with grandparents, family members, friends, caregivers over the age of 60 or immunocompromised persons for purposes of childcare.

The City of Chinook is having a plan of action meeting tonight, Chinook Mayor Keith Hanson said, on what it is going to do due to the coronavirus.

Harlem Mayor Kenneth "Kim" Hansen said that the city of Harlem is following the list provided by the health departments.

Liberty County declared a health disaster health resolution, a press release said.

It said all services will be available online, by mail or by appointment only.

Services included are this is Clerk of Court, Justice Court, Montana State University Extension, Treasurer, Clerk and Recorder and Commissioners.

People can call to make an appointment, recorder at 406-759-5365 or treasurer 406-759-5455.

For any additional information or questions, people can call commissioners Larry Hendrickson, 406-265-0877; Morb Wicks, 406-450-1433; Joette Woods, 406-945-0099.

"This will be effective starting today through Friday, March 27," the release said. "The best way to protect our at-risk residents is by simply slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Self-isolation is something everyone can do to help shield our neighbors during this difficult time."


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