Like most of the states on the Great Plains, Montana has a horizon that never seems to end, but also very few people. Tucked away on the northeast corner of the Big Sky State, Valley County is no different.
Slightly larger than the state of Connecticut, Valley County has only .02 percent the population of New England brethren.
The Valley County Health Department (VCHD) has also recently issued quite the totalitarian decree that went into affect on April 2, 2020.
On official county letterhead, a Health Department flier informed local shopkeepers that any out-of-towners wishing to patronize their store could only do so if wearing the prescribed pink wristband.
Furthermore, Dr. Anne Millard of the VCHD signed Health Office Order 2020-04, throwing the full weight of law behind her diktat.
As reported by the Montana Daily Gazette;
In what might be one of the most over-the-top and draconian responses to coronavirus yet seen in Montana, Valley County is mandating that people wear government-issued pink arm bands in under to purchase products inside of stores.
The measure, enforced by the Valley County Health Department, insists that store-owners keep customers out unless they have the pink arm-bands, which denote the customer has been in the area more than 14 days and submitted to quarantine protocol.
According to the flier produced by the Valley County Health Department, out-of-towners who lack the government-issued armbands will be prohibited from stores and residents are notified to call law enforcement if they do not comply.
The health department even issued a script to warn customers to flee, saying, “You are violating our Governor’s and Valley County’s Health Officer’s orders. I am happy to shop for you with curbside delivery. I will get the items for you and bring them to your car.
If you don’t cooperate, you will force me to call law enforcement.”
Whaaatt! @pnjaban, have you seen this?
Montana Co. won’t allow you to do business without a pink wristband!
I recall Germany forcing Jews to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothing so they’d be easily identified and summarily discriminated against.
— TweetStreet@Intrepidus (@TweetStreetInt1) April 20, 2020
However, once the Valley County Commissioners caught wind of what Dr. Millard was up to, the information on the Health Department’s flier was officially rescinded.
Interestingly enough, the County Commissioners only cited the flier. Health Office Order 2020-04 (signed by Dr. Millard) was never specifically addressed.