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Travel Safe in Kalispell

Continuing 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 summer in Montana.

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.

July 15, 2020:  Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in Flathead County and all counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19 to slow the spread of the virus in Montana.  The directive requires businesses, government offices and other indoor spaces open to the public to ensure that employees, contractors, volunteers, customers, and other members of the public wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose while remaining inside these spaces. The directive also requires face coverings at organized outdoor activities of 50 or more people, where social distancing is not possible or is not observed.  The directive is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that people wear cloth face coverings in public and when around people outside one’s household.  Read the full directive HERE

State of Montana Travel Alerts

Montana entered 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 changed in Phase Two of the Montana Reopening Plan:

  • 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

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 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 for the summer. Specifically:

  • Chief Mountain
  • Cut Bank Creek
  • Many Glacier
  • 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 until August 21, 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 is open?

  • The west gate entrance at West Glacier, Camas Road and North Fork entrances (see below). The Going-To-The-Sun Road is open to Logan Pass and on the east side to Rising Sun. Restrooms and some visitor services are available at Logan Pass and Rising Sun. Vehicles will turn around at Rising Sun and return to exit at West Glacier entrance.  Check road status regularly on GNP Twitter  or the park Website.  Road access and entrance gate access can be closed periodically if over-crowding occurs.
  • Private businesses are open in Apgar and West Glacier.
  • Visitors will be able to access restrooms and trails that are accessible from open park roads.
  • Camas Road and the North Fork park entrance will open as a day-use only area with the gate closing at 4:30pm each day. Gate may close during the day when parking areas become full and reopen as conditions allow.
  • Lake McDonald is open to personal watercraft. 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.
  • Lake McDonald Lodge is open to overnight visitors only.  Food service is available as take-out only and ordered on the exterior lake side of the lodge.

What will remain closed until later phases of the plan?

  • East entrances from the Blackfeet Reservation will remain closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • Many campgrounds are scheduled to remain closed for the season.
  • Boat tours, park shuttle system, Red Bus Tours and full-service dining at park lodges and visitor centers will remain closed.

Learn more: Glacier National Park's Park Status Updates.   Review the Glacier National Park Summer 2020 Safety Guide.

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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