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Montana Launches Tourist Education, Business Safety Programs As Reopening Proceeds

A social-distancing sign at a grocery story.
William Marcus
Montana Public Radio
A social-distancing sign at a grocery story.

Montana is starting two new programs for tourism education and business safety as the state enters the second phase of its economic reopening plan on June 1.

Starting June 1, out-of-state travelers will no longer have a two-week quarantine requirement when coming into Montana.

Through the Montana Business Adaptation Program, a single business can receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses related to keeping staff and customers safe from COVID-19, according to Gov. Steve Bullock.

“Expenses include things like the purchase of personal protective equipment, installation of sneeze guards, hand sanitizer, resources for remote work equipment, cleaning supplies and more," he said.

The program will offer a total of $20 million in grants starting Monday, with all eligibility and application information posted on the commerce department's coronavirus relief page.

The Montana Department of Commerce and the Department of Public Health and Human Services is also kicking off the Tourism Education Program. That $15 million statewide campaign will work to educate tourists about public health and safety while visiting Montana.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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