Butte police officers responded at 11 p.m. Sunday to a residence on the 500 block of South Main Street, where approximately 15 people were gathered at a house party.
The tenant had been warned twice — on March 29 and March 30 — that having large gatherings was in violation of Gov. Steve Bullock’s March 28 order requiring Montanans to stay home and not congregate in large groups.
The tenant apparently decided to ignore the order and the previous police warnings.
Apparently the third time was the charm and the unidentified Butte resident finally got the message and was cited for not adhering to the governor’s guidelines.
The order “prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or place of residence,” according to the governor’s directive.
Karen Sullivan, Butte-Silver Bow health officer, said the health department is “accepting complaints and following up on them.”
She said people can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-497-5003 to report a concern or violation.
Undersheriff George Skuletich said after the order was announced that if police see or learn of violations, they will first talk to transgressors about the restrictions and why they’re in place, but he added that if the same people keep violating the restrictions, they will be cited and reports will be sent to the County Attorney’s office for consideration of penalties, as happened in this case.
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