HELENA — Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen today exercised his supervisory powers in the Gallatin City-County Board of Health and Health Officer Matt Kelley v. Rocking R Bar case. Knudsen directed County Attorney Marty Lambert to promptly dismiss the case against the Bozeman business that had refused to adhere to the mandate that businesses close at 10:00 p.m.
“The ten o’clock closure rule defies commonsense. This type of government overreach is devastating to Montana workers and small businesses,” Attorney General Knudsen said. “Our action today is a clear message that we need to safely reopen our economy and will not allow overzealous local governments to hold Montana businesses and their employees hostage.”
"This announcement will give stability and certainty to Montana businesses. They will no longer have to fear prosecution for simply serving their customers,"John Iverson of the Montana Tavern Association said.
Governor Greg Gianforte issued a directive Wednesday removing operational hour restrictions on Montana businesses.
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CKN editor's note: Gallatin County has the second most cases of COVID-19 in Montana with a nearly 10,500 total cases, and over 500 current active cases. Reduction in capacity and hours have been effective in slowing the infections of COVID-19.