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Glacier National Park - Partial opening of the west side of Glacier National Park on June 8. Read the full press release.
The park’s reopening priorities center on protecting the public and employees from transmission risks through a variety of mitigation actions consistent with local, state, tribal, and federal guidance. The park will actively monitor changing conditions (in the park and in surrounding counties); and will maintain flexibility to expand, adjust, or contract operations as conditions warrant.
To protect staff and visitors the park has developed a range of mitigation actions that include: providing protective barriers where needed, encouraging the use of masks or facial coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained, increasing cleaning frequency of facilities, adding signage on boardwalks and other public spaces, and messaging to visitors through a variety of methods.
What will be open beginning June 8?
- On Monday, June 8 the park will open the west gate entrance at West Glacier. Access to the West Glacier entrance will be from approximately 6am to 4:30pm. Inbound access will not be allowed after 4:30pm. If visitors have already entered the park prior to 4:30pm, they can enjoy the park and leave at their leisure.
- Visitors will be able to access Apgar and Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Lake McDonald Lodge. That access will be extended as conditions allow.
- Going-to-the-Sun will open to hiker/biker traffic as conditions allow. Check the park website for updates.
- Visitors will be able to access restrooms and trails that are accessible from open park roads.
- Private businesses in Apgar Village will be open on a case-by-case basis.
- The park is targeting to have personal boating on Lake McDonald and aquatic invasive species inspection stations open. Check the park website for updates.
What will remain closed until later phases of the plan?
- East entrances from the Blackfeet Reservation will remain closed. The park is consulting with the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council to establish reopening dates for entrances from the reservation.
- Visitor Centers and Ranger Stations will remain closed until later in the season.
- Overnight accommodations will be unavailable until later in the season.
- Campgrounds, backcountry permits, additional stores, expanded tours, takeout food service, and visitor centers will remain closed. These services and/or facilities will open when safe and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
- Hotels, full-service dining, commercial tour buses, and ranger programs will remain closed. These services and/or facilities will reopen when health conditions allow.
- Visitor Transportation Service (shuttles) will not be offered this season due to social distancing requirements in according with Center for Disease guidance on transit.
Visitors should come prepared and follow all CDC and local health guidance by practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Face coverings are recommended where social distancing is not possible. People who are sick should stay home and not visit the park. The CDC has provided specific guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities.
Montana's Phased Reopening
On May 19, Governor Bullock announced Montana will enter Phase Two of the Reopening Plan on June 1. Even though Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita, Montana will continue to move diligently through the reopening to assure that we're able to move forward positively, while taking care of our residents and communities. Read the directive here
Highlights of what's changing in Phase Two:
- 14-day out-of-state traveler quarantine is lifted starting on June 1.
- Restaurants, breweries, bars, casino's, gyms and other businesses can increase to 75% capacity. Businesses must continue to follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines established in Phase One.
- Testing continues to increase across the state, with testing centers, surveillance testing plans and contact tracing, particularly in destination communities.
Read the directive for full details here
The U.S. and Canadian border will remain closed for non-essential travel for another 30 days, until June 21, with the potential for further delays after that time.
While travel will start returning to Montana after June 1, it's important that visitors and residents alike remain diligent about:
- Social distancing - maintain a physical distance of 6 feet when out in public
- Wear cloth face masks when you can to protect yourself and others
- Wash your hand often
- Avoid shaking hands or hugs (except immediate family members)
- Following cleaning and sanitation protocols at businesses and public spaces
- If you are feeling sick, STAY HOME
Learn more about how to travel responsibly and safely in Montana HERE
PARKS, FOREST and RECREATION:
Montana Governor's Coronavirus Task Force https://covid19.mt.gov/
Flathead City-County Health Department: https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Kalispell Regional Healthcare: http://www.krh.org/covid-19
U.S./Canada Border Crossing: https://www.cbp.gov/travel
Montana Department of Commerce travel and travel industry updates
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