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OUTDOORS: Some state outdoor recreation set to re-open as Bullock announces Phase I


April 23, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

A sign at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks site Bear Paw Lake shows ovenight camping has been closed at the lake due to COVID-19. Wednesday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Phase I for reopening Montana, which included some access to Montana's vast outdoors. In Phase I, campgrounds will start to open on a limited basis. In Hill County, Beaver Creek Park did not close. The only thing the park closed to the public was the park office. Recreation activities such as hiking and overnight camping were never closed, and are still allowed as long as folks follow the social distancing guidelines.

Editor’s note: This corrects misreporting in the photo caption that said camping was closed in Beaver Creek Park. Camping was and is not closed in the park.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Wednesday his Phase I for reopening the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening comes after slower growth in new COVID-19 cases statewide. Montana reached 439 cases Wednesday, after two weeks of flattening the curve. Fourteen people have died statewide. Bullock's stay-at-home order lifts Sunday.

What does that mean for outdoor recreation?

It was stated Wednesday that outdoor recreation c...

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