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For the latest on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Montana

Central Avenue in downtown Whitefish with Whitefish Mountain Resort in the background – Chuck Haney
Central Avenue in downtown Whitefish with Whitefish Mountain Resort in the background – Chuck Haney

Information current as of March 31, 2020.

Explore Whitefish is committed to the health and wellbeing of our visitors and residents and is continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

March 30, 2020
Governor Steve Bullock has issued a directive providing mandatory quarantine for certain travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country.

The full directive can be viewed here.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has issued a mandatory stay-at-home directive that applies to all residents of Montana while temporarily closing non-essential businesses. The executive order is set to take effect Saturday, March 28 at 12:01 a.m., and is to last through April 10.

Under the directive, Montanans may leave their homes for essential activities, including:

  • For health and safety
  • For necessary supplies and services
  • For outdoor activity
  • For certain types of work
  • To take care of others

The full executive order can be read here.

The City of Whitefish has set up a page for ongoing updates and notifications which can be viewed here.

Gov. Steve Bullock has issued an executive order which can be found here.
March 24, 2020 -- Today I announced the extension of closures of public schools and dine-in food service, alcoholic beverage businesses and other entities through April 10 and mandated social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Montana. I am prohibiting non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence of greater than ten people, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.

*Montanans have an obligation to slow the spread of this virus. Our fellow Montanans can all continue to set a good example for each other in adhering to social distancing directives – and know that it will save lives.

At the same time we are extending closures, we are also preparing for a potential increase of patients at our hospitals. We are doing everything we can as a state to prepare to take care of critically ill patients and ensure there is hospital space and supplies to respond.

We must take COVID-19 seriously, and we must prepare for the curve to go up. But with a continued focus on working together as Montanans, our state can get out in front of this.*

Status of Local Services

As we navigate the rapidly changing response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it can be difficult to keep up with changes in services within our local community. Below is information regarding changes to services within Whitefish and the surrounding areas.

For information regarding individual businesses, we suggest calling those businesses directly or checking their status on their Facebook pages.

Whitefish Restaurants: A complete list of restaurants currently offering take-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery can be found here.

Whitefish Visitor Information Center: The Whitefish Visitor Information Center located at 505 East 2nd Street is closed until further notice. They can be reached via phone (877-862-3548) or email ([email protected]) during business hours (9-5, M-F)

Airport: Local airline and flight information can be found at the Glacier Park International Airport Website or Facebook Page.

Glacier National Park: Effective at 5 pm on March 27, 2020, Glacier National Park will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. There will be no visitor access permitted to the park. US Highway 2 inside the park boundary will remain open. The public will be notified when full operations resume. Updates can be found on the Glacier National Park Website and social media channels.

The Whitefish Trail: The Whitefish Trail is currently open with the exception of the Swift Creek and Smith Lake sections which are currently immpassible with extreme tree blow down. The vault toilets at all trailheads are closed until further notice.

City of Whitefish Parks and Services:

  • All open space parks will remain open with signs recommending social distancing.
  • The Hugh Rogers WAG Dog Park and skate park are closed until further notice.
  • All public playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • All park events are postponed until further notice.
  • All park restrooms will remain closed until further notice.
  • All pickleball, tennis, and basketball courts are closed until further notice.
  • All gazebos are closed until further notice.
  • All public park facilities (Ice Den, Armory, and City Beach Concessions) are closed until further notice.
  • The boat launch will remain in the off-season status until further notice.

Whitefish Mountain Resort: Whitefish Mountain Resort has made the decision to close for the remainder of the 2019/20 ski season. Information on their decision can be found here. FAQs for guests can be found here.

City Hall: Whitefish City Hall will be closed to the public through March 27, 2020. Whitefish City Hall will continue to offer its full range of services at City Hall by phone (406-863-2400) and email from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

North Valley Hospital: We have put into place restrictions on all visitors, local screening facilities, and a centralized call center. The specific information on these topics is available on our homepage and the KRH website(\covid19) and social media. Also on our websites, you’ll see the phone number for a 24 hour call center at KRH for those who are experiencing symptoms. We really, really stress that everyone stays at home and doesn’t travel in order to protect each other and especially protect our patients, our staff, and our community.

The most updated information is on the below website and our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). KRH also does daily Facebook LIVE events right now with real time questions from the community for physicians and experts.
Facebook: @NorthValleyHospital
Instagram: @NorthValleyHospital

Library: The Whitefish Community Library is closed through at least March 30, 2020.

Schools: The Governor of Montana has instituted a state-wide school closure through April 10, 2020. The Whitefish School District is planning for a longer potential closure, should the need arise.

*Canadian/U.S. Border: *The border is currently closed to all nonessential travel.

As this situation continues to evolve, we will closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions.

We are encouraging simple and effective habits. You can help prevent the spread of viruses and other illnesses by taking these specific steps below and following best practices to protect yourself and your family.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow).
  • Stay away from work, school, or other people whenever possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice “social distancing” by staying 6 feet from others and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants - Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

There is quite a bit of misinformation circulating on the internet. It’s important to stay informed by following reputable sources. We have provided several below from federal, state and local sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS)

Flathead City-County Health Department