County formally closes bars, restaurants, but take-out OK. Grocery stores stay open

by Hungry Horse News
| March 19, 2020 2:52 PM

Flathead County on Thursday issued an order by the county health officer closing bars, restaurants, casinos, athletic centers, indoor recreation facilities, skating rinks and theaters to the public. The order does not prevent restaurants from operating on a limited basis to provide take-out services, but they must close dining room facilities. The order goes into effect at 6 a.m. Friday, March 20.

The order does not apply to hospital or care facility cafeterias or to grocery store deli counters, nor does it apply to physical therapy clinics.

Flathead County Commissioners on Wednesday, March 18 declared a state of emergency related to the coronavirus to allow for the spending of emergency funds.

Many Columbia Falls bars and restaurants had already closed and were only accepting takeout earlier this week.