Dear MBC Students:

With the recent expiration of the “shelter at home” order and Montana’s progression into the first phase reopening plan under the direction of the Governor, the MBC administration has decided to adjust some of the policies implemented weeks ago to protect our student body during the outbreak of COVID-19.

1. We are lifting our restrictions on outside guests visiting students inside the dormitories with the following exceptions:

a) such visitors must be been free of any of the presenting symptoms of the virus (dry cough, fever, breathing difficulties, fatigue, body aches, runny nose, loss of taste, or smell).
b) such visitors must not have been in direct contact with anyone who has been positively diagnosed with the virus in the last 30 days.
c) such visitors must not be under the 14-day out-of-state mandatory quarantine (this applies to travelers who have recently entered the state from another state).
d) the number of visitors permitted is limited to the total that can properly social distance (6 feet apart) in the largest meeting area. In no instance, should the group size ever exceed 10.
e) proper sanitizing of frequently touched hard surfaces before and after guest visits is strongly encouraged.
f) the restriction on overnight guests remains in place (no overnight visitors to MBC).

2. We are easing our restrictions on library use:

a) starting tomorrow, the doors to the library will be unlocked. No appointments will be necessary any longer.
b) proper social distancing will still be required (6 feet apart).
c) no visits if you are ill or have been ill within the last 14 days.
d) there will be no access to conference rooms that are currently being used for online instruction.
e) the hours of operation will be as follows for this week (April 28-May 1)
Tuesday: 9am – 1pm & 5pm – 7pm
Wednesday: 9am – 3pm & 5pm – 7pm
Thursday: 9am – 4 pm & 5pm – 6pm
Friday: 9am – 4 pm
A new schedule will be posted for next week.

3. We are re-opening our office center to student visits with the following restrictions:

a) no congregating in any area.
b) no visits if you are ill or have been ill within the last 14 days.
c) visits with instructors or administrative staff should be scheduled in advance and may be restricted based upon health risk factors.
d) no outside guests may accompany you to the offices. Only MBC students and their spouses at this time.
e) some of the exterior doors of Grace Bible Church may still be locked and inaccessible. This may require you to come around to the East Entrance and alert us that you would like to come inside.

Thank you for the incredible amount of patience you have shown in voluntarily submitting to the protocols of the past few weeks. We know it has not been easy and your broad cooperation has been another evidence of the quality of our students we have been blessed with. It is our hope to conclude this most unusual semester celebrating God’s protection and provision during this difficult period in our nation’s history.

Katie Fischer