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COVID-19 Information

During this unprecedented time Montana Swimming wants to encourage and support our members, clubs, coaches, and volunteers as we all navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Resources to assist you will be posted here.

2021 State of Montana Directives, Information, Vaccinations, FAQs:

On June 30, 2021, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte lifted the executive order declaring a state of emergency in Montana because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccinations are offered across the state to anyone ages 12 and older. Visit the Montana COVID-19 vaccination page here for more information or contact your local health department. 

The state of Montana under an order issued by Governor Gianforte lifted the state wide mask mandate on February 12, 2021. Individual responsibility is recommended for mask wearing. Businesses and individuals should follow the CDC's guidelines for social distancing.

Montana COVID-19 testing information can be found here.

The Montana Governor's Coronavirus Task Force Webpage   Link

Montana Governor's COVID Directive 2-2021   PDF

2021 MT Message to Educators 2-2-2021   PDF

2021 MT COVID Vaccine Information 1-6-2021   PDF

2021 MT COVID Vaccination Plan FAQ Page   Link

2021 Montana COVID Map - Cases, vaccinations, and more:   Link

2021 Montana COVID Vaccination Availability and Resources Webpage   Link

State of Montana Directives for Phased Re-opening:

MT Requires Face Masks or Face Coverings to be Worn Effective July 15, 2020   PDF

Montana Facemask PSA Photo   JPEG

MT Phase 2 Re-opening Guidelines - effective June 1, 2020   PDF   

MT Expanded Re-opening Directives for Gyms, Movie Theaters, and Museums (POOLS) 5-7-2020   PDF

MT Re-opening Directives in Phases 4-22-2020   PDF


LSC Meet Sanctioning Requirements:

LSC UPDATED Additional Meet Sanction Requirements - Return to Competition   PDF


Guidelines to Return to Practice and Competition:

USA Swimming Return to Competition Plan: 6-26-2020    PDF    Information:  PDF

NFHS Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities, April 2020:   PDF

Resource Documents for Building Your return to Competition Plan:    PDF

Montana Swimming 30-60-90 Day Guide to Return to Practice and Competition:  PDF

USA Swimming Facility Re-opening Guidelines and Spacing Guides:   PDF

USA Swimming Return to Competition and June Event Sanctions 5-15-2020   PDF

Quicksilver Swimming - PC - Return to Pool and Practice Plan   PDF

USAS Safety Guidelines and Information for Opening Pools and for Lesson Providers   PDF

USSSA COVID-19 Action Plan Final for Return to Practice Guidelines   PDF

USA Swimming Safety Management for Open Water Workouts   PDF

US Masters COVID-19 Restart Guide   PDF


Montana Swimming Resources:

Montana Swimming COVID-19 Club Grant Relief Program: In late April, 2020, Montana Swimming provided an immediate, one-time COVID-19 Relief Grant to LSC clubs in the amount of $30 per full-time registered swimmer using registration numbers from the past short course season.

Additionally, MTSI is developing a limited, needs-based program that will make available additional grant funds to clubs. The needs-based program will require individual applications that demonstrate financial need and intended use of funds. Need-based grant awards may include provisions intended to incent activities/conditions valued by MTSI (e.g., Safe Sport Recognition, Club Leadership & Business Management training, etc.). MTSI is not currently contemplating a match of any relief funding or grants by USA Swimming or other entities.

In addition USA Swimming is offer a COVID-19 Round One Grant program to member clubs. Applications are due May 8. 

Below is a memorandum intended to meet the requirements of one of the submission requirements for USA Swimming’s just-announced COVID-19 Relief Program For Teams, Grant Guidelines – Round One.  Everyone is encouraged to review and evaluate USA Swimming’s Grant program and use the attached document if you choose to apply for grant funding.  The grant application review considerations include evaluation of whether LSC relief funds are or have been made available.  Contact Matt Yovich if you have questions.

Montana Swimming COVID-19 Relief Memo:   PDF

MT Swimming COVID-19 Update – All sanctioned activities are suspended as well as most practice activities in conjunction with Governor Bullock’s Shelter-In-Place order.  We know that the revenue generating capabilities of our clubs have been significantly impacted and that coaching staffs have been furloughed.  We want everyone to be safe and healthy and we want all of our clubs to survive this crisis and thrive once it is over.  Please contact General Chair Matt Yovich if you have questions regarding COVID-19 restrictions, the status of future meets or activities, or if you or your club needs assistance. 

Matt Yovich, General Chair, April 2020


USA Swimming Resources:

COVID-19 Relief Program for Teams - Grants Round 2: Applications Due July 10, 2020. Grant Information: Word   PDF      Grant Guidelines:   PDF

COVID-19 Relief Program for Teams- Grant Guidelines for Round 1  4-28-2020   PDF

COVID-19 Relief program for Teams - Round One Grant Application - Due May 8, 2020   PDF

USA Swimming Recovery Plan 4-48-2020   PDF

USA Swimming Covered Activities Update 3-23-2020   PDF

USA Swimming Insurance Program - Covered Activities   PDF

USA Swimming Revokes Meet Sanctions Through May 31, 2020   PDF

Five New Resources from USA Swimming 4-17-2020   PDF

Letter to USA Swimming Community 3-26-2020   PDF

USA Swimming Coronavirus Update March 17, 2020   PDF

USA Swimming Coronavirus Update March 13, 2020   PDF


Facility Resources:

OSHA 3990 Guidelines - Guidance on Preparing the Workplace for COVID-19   PDF

USA Swimming Template Waivers Information:  PDF

Template Waiver for Athlete/Participant   Word   PDF

Insurance Company Waiver Specific for COVID-19   Word   PDF  


Business Support Resources:

Western Zone Federal and State Programs for Small Business Support:   PDF


US Chamber of Commerce Information:

The following websites are updated consistently and provide valuable information to guide you through the CARES Act, maintaining your business and much needed additional information to help you in these times of uncertainty.

US Chamber Resource Page for CARES Act: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

US Chamber Tool Kit for Individuals and Businesses:https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus-response-toolkit

US Chamber Small Business Guide: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus-response-toolkit


Montana Small Business Development Center:  https://sbdc.mt.gov/  These offices can help you with your SBA loan paperwork AND much more (budgeting, marketing, and much more- FREE help available)


COVID-19 Information: Symptoms, Mitigation, Face Masks, and more

Montana Coronavirus Information Websites:   PDF

COVID-19 Symptoms - What to Do if You Are Sick   PDF

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy   PDF

COVID-19 FAQ's 4-14-2020   PDF

COVID-19 Workplace, Home, School Guidance   PDF

Immune Function Fact Sheet   PDF

Stop the Spread of Germs   English PDF    Spanish PDF

How to Make a Face Mask   PDF

How to Make a Sweet Red Poppy Face Mask   PDF

How to Make a Great Falls Clinic Homemade Masks   PDF

Keep Calm - Wash Your Hands Poster    English    Spanish

Hand Washing - Middle School Poster    English   Spanish

CDC Guidelines on Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome‚Äč   PDF

Coping with Cancellations or Postponements in the Age of Coronavirus   PDF

Coping with the Impact of Coronavirus for Athletes   PDF


Zoom Meeting Information: 

Zoom Security Guide for Clubs   PDF

Zoom Setup for Clubs   PDF

Zoom Meetings Etiquette and Best Practices - University of Pittsburg   PDF

Zoom Meetings - Virtual backgrounds   PDF