Montana

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  • Where can I find this state’s “stay at home” or “shelter in place” order?
Montana's stay at home order expired on April 26th and they are now under phased re-opening.  More information can be found here: https://covid19.mt.gov
  • Does the state’s order provide any specific exemptions concerning aviation activities?    
No

However, the Governors Stay at Home order states that “individuals may leave their home or residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities and must ensure a distance of six feet from others not in their household:

For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided that individuals comply with social distancing, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, including public lands in Montana provided they remain open to recreation. Montanans are discouraged from outdoor recreation activities that pose enhanced risks of injury or could otherwise stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency (e.g., backcountry skiing in a manner inconsistent with avalanche recommendations or in closed terrain).” 
 
 
  • Is there any interpretive guidance available concerning aviation activities?   
No
 
  • Who can I contact to request clarification or additional guidance?
Montana State General COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-333-0461
 
  • Additional notes: 
Airport Operations are identified as Essential Services
 
  • What other resources should I consult before deciding to fly?
Check with local governments (counties, cities, etc.) for any additional restrictions.
 
Additional recommendations:
 
  • Pilots are reminded to carefully check all NOTAMs before flight and be alert for ATC service reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
  • Pilots should also contact the Airport Manager prior to departure/arrival to confirm availability of services. 
   
  • AOPA cannot provide legal advice or legal opinions on State restrictions.  Members are encouraged to contact the AOPA Pilot Information Center at (800) USA-AOPA for the names of AOPA Legal Services Plan Panel Attorneys licensed to practice in your state.   
 
  • AOPA recommends following all guidance provided by the CDC and state and local officials.   Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 impacts to General Aviation at this AOPA web page

Posted by AOPA Announcements on Apr 23, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

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