Montana Governor issues mask mandate for 25 counties

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock: Big Blue Wave Approaching Internal Poll Shows Rough Battle in Montana House Career The Hill Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Task Force Reveals Party Platform Recommendations MORE (D) has signed an executive order requiring all state residents to wear masks while in public in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“Many Montanans responded to the call to mask themselves, a call that came from our hospitals, nurses and doctors, our vibrant small business community, our front line workers and our high-risk neighbors,” Bullock said in a statement. “I thank all who take their personal responsibility and role in stopping COVID-19 seriously. But we need even more Montanans, and the visitors that come here, to mask themselves. ”

Under the new measure, Montana residents must wear masks in both indoor public spaces and large outdoor gatherings. Counties with three or fewer active COVID-19 cases are exempt from the mask requirement. At the moment, the order applies to 25 of Montana’s 56 counties, according to NBC Montana.

While the pandemic has not affected Montana as strongly as some other states, the Treasury State reported a record 145 new cases on Wednesday, bringing its total number of cases during the pandemic to 2,096.

Montana is one of many states in recent days that has announced mask requirements, as the United States has been hit by a resurgence of the virus in recent weeks.

The daily number of new cases is now higher than during the first peak of the virus in the country.