Lewis & Clark County in Montana, home to the state’s capital of Helena, already closed campgrounds with facilities and power to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The county reasoned that people might touch bathroom doorknobs and playground equipment, which would only increase the chances of another person contracting the virus.
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Now, Lewis & Clark County took things a step further by encouraging county residents to call the authorities with complaints about group gatherings and those not following social distancing protocols, the Montana Daily Gazette reports.
The Lewis and Clark Health Department told the public,
“Anyone with a complaint about group gatherings or non-essential businesses remaining open may call the health department at [redacted].”
Meanwhile, most health professionals are advising people to get fresh air and exercise, which has been shown to boost the immune system and stave off mental and emotional problems common with mass social distancing.