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Gianforte rescinds most COVID-19 mandates


Last updated 1/14/2021 at 12:06pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Health care workers provide COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday in the Havre Holiday Village Mall. The vaccinations came at the end of Phase 1A of Montana's vaccination schedule and in the midst of Gov. Greg Gianforte changing the plans that had been in place for vaccinations and the directives in place for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

At a press conference Wednesdsay afternoon, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced a revision to the COVID-19 mandates of his predecessor that effectively eliminates any restrictions on gathering size, the operating hours of restaurants, bars, breweries and casinos or their in-dining-room capacity.

This new directive will go into effect Friday at 5 a.m.

Gianforte said his administration has consulted with public health experts, health care providers, and business leaders before making this decision, which he said was an effort refocus the state toward personal responsibility.

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