The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Matt Volz
Kaiser Health News 

Mask Mandate in Doubt With Incoming Governor


December 23, 2020

Incoming Governor Greg Gianforte has signaled he will not continue a statewide mask mandate. File photo

HELENA, Mont. - Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won't continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

If Gianforte, a Republican, reverses outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's mask order, Montana will be just the second state after Mississippi to lift its mandate. Thirty-eight states now have statewide mandates.

"I trust Montanans with their health and the health of their loved ones," Gianforte said in a recent interview with KHN. "The state has a role in clearly communicating the...

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