Require masks in Gallatin County, Montana

Petition Closed

Require masks in Gallatin County, Montana

This petition had 4,735 supporters

Lisa Upson started this petition to Gallatin City-County Board of Health and

It's time for Gallatin County to institute a requirement that people wear masks/face coverings in public. 

The state of Montana is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections. The highest new daily case count occurred on July 1 (67), followed by 56 on June 28 and 50 on the 30th. The previous high in March was 35 on March 26, after which the Governor issued a stay-at-home directive. As of July 2, Gallatin County has the most current cases of any county in the state (277), and the second most active cases (56). You can see the trajectory of Gallatin County cases in the graph above (source: Gallatin City-County Health Department).

There are other broader solutions to the community spread we’re in right now that should be considered (e.g., stay-at-home order, travel quarantine). As a first step, a local mandate requiring face coverings in public seems reasonable. Emerging evidence from both clinical and lab studies shows that face coverings reduce the droplets spray when worn over the nose and mouth. (See CDC and MSU Disease Ecology Lab websites for studies.)

As of July 1st, sixteen states recommend but don’t require residents to wear masks in public. In those states, new coronavirus cases have risen by 84% over the last two weeks. In the 11 states that mandate wearing masks in public, new cases have fallen by 25% over the last two weeks. (Source)

The MSU/Bozeman Disease Ecology Lab states that “Now the science is converging on the conclusion that masks are effective at reducing transmission. Masks limit transmission by protecting these potential routes of exposure in uninfected people AND preventing the majority of viral shedding from infected people.” (Source)

Wearing face coverings is the right thing to do, to protect ourselves and others. We’ve tried relying on recommendations and it’s not working. This is a small inconvenience that is worth lives -- sign now to support a mask mandate in Gallatin County, Montana.  

Petition Closed

This petition had 4,735 supporters