Business Reopenings

A photo taken on January 13, 2015 showing water guages showing water pressure throughout the pipes
David Seibold / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Billings Public Works Department has some suggestions for businesses and facilities getting ready to reopen under Governor Steve Bullock’s phased reopening directive; Owners should think about their pipes.

HELENA, Mont. (Independent Record) — Armed demonstrators were among a group gathered at the Montana Capitol to protest the state government’s response to the coronavirus. 

Starting June 1 Montana will no longer require out-of-state travelers to quarantine for 14 days. Gov. Steve Bullock also announced Phase 2 of the state’s economic reopening plan during a press conference Tuesday.

Montana takes another step toward reopening, with the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the country.

Employees at Billings’ Babcock Theater swap signage on May 8, a day after the governor announced movie theaters, gyms and museums can reopen May 15.
Nickt Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio


Movie theaters around Montana can reopen on May 15 but the chance to see a movie inside on a big screen is limited.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed how massage therapists, nail techs, tattoo artists and barbers do their work. Hair salons and other personal care services are reopening for business, but under new guidelines from state and local officials.

MTPR's Edward O’Brien got a haircut this week and takes us along to show what’s changed at one Missoula barber shop.

Employees at Billings’ Babcock Theater swap signage on May 8, a day after the governor announced movie theaters, gyms and museums can reopen May 15.
Nickt Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Governor Steve Bullock May 7 announced gyms, movie theaters and museums may reopen beginning next Friday, May 15, with limited capacity and new requirements for social distancing and sanitation.

An "Open" sign for a business.
Deb Beatty Mel / Public Domain


Under phase one of Montana’s reopening plan, restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can open their doors Monday. Counties across the state are taking varying approaches in what’s required for businesses.