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The CDC has relaxed its mask guidance for much of the country — just not much of Montana


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday it's relaxing its masking guidance for indoor spaces.

However, the new guidance says people in amajority of Montana counties should continue to wear a mask indoors in public.

The CDC says it labeled communities with low, medium or high designations based on area hospital strain from COVID-19 and new COVID-19 cases in the community. The CDC says communities with low to medium designations can unmask indoors, but communities with high designations should remain masked.

Flathead, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Silver Bow, Gallatin, and Yellowstone counties are included in the “high” designation category.

Missoula, Ravalli, Powell and Park Counties are among counties considered to have “medium” levels of COVID spread.