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Travel Safe In Kalispell

To keep Montana and our residents safe and healthy - while also ensuring it remains a place where visitors also feel safe, healthy and welcome - is going to take all of us working together cooperatively and responsibly. Whether you’re a traveler coming to Kalispell, a resident who calls this place home or a business who depends on both locals and visitors for support, we all have a responsibility to care for each other, look out for each other and be kind, all while enjoying fall in Montana.

Discover Kalispell is working with the State of Montana to remind residents and visitors to Be Considerate, Plan Ahead, and Stay Home If You Are Sick. With that message in mind, we've developed a toolkit of resources that can be printed and displayed. Click on the buttons below to download.

MONTANA'S PHASED REOPENING - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The health and safety of our citizens and visitors is our top priority. While visiting our spectacular state please be prepared for some new protocols and safety precautions.

  • Know before you go: Know the local public health guidelines before arriving at your destination.
  • Be Considerate: Wash your hands, wear face coverings, give people some space.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. If you feel ill call Kalispell Regional Healthcare 24-hour phone line 406-890-7272
  • Understand some services and destinations may be limited: Plan ahead and be patient, flexible and kind.

Highlights of Current COVID Conditions and Requirements:

Lodging Facilities

  • Lodging facilities are open.
  • A 14-day quarantine is not required.
  • Enhanced COVID cleaning protocols have been adopted.

Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Distilleries and Casinos

  • Capacity in all restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos must be limited to 50% to allow for adequate group spacing.
  • Seating must be limited to six people per table.
  • Establishments must provide for 6 feet of physical distancing between groups and or tables.
  • These businesses will be required to close by 10:00 p.m.
  • Please be patient with small businesses and their employees as they continue to work hard to provide safe spaces for you to enjoy.

Public Gatherings and Events

  • Public gatherings or events where it is not possible to practice social distancing or where social distancing is not being practiced must be limited to 25 people or fewer.
  • Houses of worship and public and private K-12 schools are subject to different requirements. Info HERE
  • Montanans and visitors are strongly urged to limit their involvement in any in-person gatherings of 15 or more people— including private gatherings inside a home.
  • Montanans and visitors are urged to practice social distancing in any gathering of any size outside their own household.

Face Covering Requirement in Indoor Spaces Open to the Public 

  • Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are to be worn at all times while entering or remaining in any indoor spaces open to the public.
  • All points of entry open to the public shall have a clearly visible sign posted stating: “Mask or face covering use required for ages five and older.”

Face Covering Requirements for Certain Organized Outdoor Activities

  • For organized outdoor activities where social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible or is not observed, attendees should wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times.
  • At all outdoor gatherings of 25 or more people, whether or not it constitutes an organized outdoor activity, all individuals except those excluded are required to wear face coverings while in attendance where it is impracticable to maintain six feet of physical distance at all times, or whether attendees are not observing at least six feet of physical distance from others. Information on exclusions HERE

Read the full Face Covering Directive

State of Montana Travel Alerts

HEALTH RESOURCES

Flathead City-County Health Department: https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Respiratory screening facilities in and around Kalispell: https://www.krh.org/news/respiratory-screening-facilities-adjust-add-locations/
Kalispell Regional Healthcare: http://www.krh.org/covid-19

Learn more about how to travel and recreate responsibly and safely in Montana  HERE

#TravelResponsibly

TRAVEL UPDATES FOR INDIAN COUNTRY

Visitors to Montana should be aware travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may vary on the seven Indian reservations in Montana. Click here for a map of their locations. As tribal governments continue to assess public health risks, travel restrictions may change at any time depending on current conditions.

In Glacier Country, visitors may drive through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the Flathead Indian Reservation; however, services may be limited or unavailable, and recreation areas on tribal lands have been closed to non-residents. Plan to save any on-reservation activity for a future visit.

Additionally, the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park will be closed until further notice:

  • Chief Mountain
  • Cut Bank Creek
  • Many Glacier
  • St. Mary’s
  • Two Medicine

Travelers are encouraged to contact the tribal governments for the latest information before beginning their trips in order to plan accordingly.

U.S. AND CANADIAN BORDER

The border remains closed for non-essential travel through 2020, with the potential for further delays after that time. US/CAN Travel Restrictions Fact Sheet

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Partial opening of the west side of Glacier National Park

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 to expect when visiting GNP:

  • As of October 14th the alpine sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are closed for the season due to accumulating snow. Visit the park's Current Road Status webpage for real-time updates on road closures and hiker/biker access restrictions.
  • Now that fall is here visitors to the park will need to be more self-reliant. Potable water and restrooms are limited. Fuel up and bring ample provisions when spending time in the park. Visiting Glacier In Fall
  • The west gate entrance at West Glacier, Camas Road and North Fork entrances are open. The Going-To-The-Sun Road is open to vehicles to the Avalanche campground area.
  • Some businesses in Apgar and West Glacier remain open through fall.
  • Lake McDonald is open to personal watercraft until October 31. All boats must be inspected prior to launching at the Apgar Aquatic Inspection Station which opens at 9:00am.  Check the park website for updates.
  • East entrances to Glacier from the Blackfeet Reservation will remain closed until further notice.

Learn more: Glacier National Park's Park Status Updates.

PARKS, FOREST and RECREATION

Montana State Parks

Flathead National Forest 

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Flathead County Parks

Kalispell City Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 RESOURCES

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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
Montana Department of Commerce travel and travel industry updates

BUSINESS RESOURCES

Visit our partner website, Kalispell Chamber for information on business tools and relief programs.

Contact Discover Kalispell

The Visitor Information Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.  Located at 15 Depot Park, Kalispell, MT  59901.

We are also available to serve you remotely:
Email - info@discoverkalispell.com
Phone - 406-758-2811
Message - message our travel coordinator directly from this website by using the icon located at the bottom right corner.
Order a Kalispell visitor guide

Meetings and Group Inquiries:
Dawn Jackson, 406-758-2820 or dawn@discoverkalispell.com

Convention & Visitor Bureau Inquiries:
Diane Medler, 406-758-2808 or diane@discoverkalispell.com

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