Current risk level for Williams County: YELLOW/MODERATE

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Yellow/Moderate Risk is the level of heightened exposure risk and transmission is controlled in these areas. Cases are reported but contained by rapid testing and robust contact tracing. Social distancing and precautions are needed (maintain six feet of distancing, avoid shaking hands, work from home when possible, reconsider unnecessary travel, wear a face covering). Increased cleaning on high touch surfaces and cleanings on shared spaces should be routine.

The risk level is set by Governor Burgum's office. More information, including specific information about what each level means, can be found in the ND Smart Restart Guidelines.

The North Dakota Department Health (NDDoH) is the agency responsible for tracking and disseminating case information. For information and access to data, please visit their COVID-19 Dashboard.

State-Wide Measures
On Friday, November 13, Governor Doug Burgum announced 4 state-wide measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. At this time, these measures are in effect until December 14.

Effective Saturday, November 14
  • Masks will be required indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.
Effective Monday, November 16
  • Bars, restaurants, and food service establishments are limited to 50% of licensed capacity not to exceed 150 patrons, and are closed to in-person service between the hours of 10pm-4am. Take-out, curbside, and delivery will still be allowed during those hours.
  • All banquet, ballrooms, and event venues limited to 25% of max capacity.
  • School and community activities paused until December 14 - revised on November 18 to school and community activities paused until November 30 with competition resuming on December 14.
UPDATE - 12/9
On December 9, Governor Doug Burgum extended mitigation measures to continue slowing the spread of COVID to protect the vulnerable, ensure hospital capacity and keep schools and the economy open.

  • Interim State Health Officer has extended the mask requirement until 12:01am Monday, January 18.
  • Capacity limits on bars, restaurants and banquet, ballroom and event venues are extended to 8am Friday, January 8.
  • Winter sports and activities will be allowed to resume December 14.
More details can be found on the state website.

UPDATE - 1/4/2021
On January 4, 2021, Governor Doug Burgum announced the statewide risk level will be lowered from high to moderate risk and capacity limits will be increased, effective 8am Friday, January 8.

Bars, restaurants, and other foodservice establishments were operating at up to 50% capacity and under the amended order will be able to operate at 65%, not to exceed 200.

Banquet, ballroom and event venues were limited to 25% capacity and under the amended order will be able to operate at 50% as of 8am January 8, not to exceed the ND Smart Restart capacity limits.

More details can be found on the state website.

City-Wide Mask Order
In response to increasing COVID-19 cases, City of Williston Mayor Howard Klug has signed a COVID-19 Emergency Municipal Declaration.

Utilizing emergency powers, Mayor Klug has issued a city-wide Mask Order, effective immediately.
“After much deliberation, I have decided to enact this emergency declaration requiring the use of masks in the City of Williston,” stated Mayor Klug. “We have watched carefully as our neighbors throughout the state have undertaken similar measures and have heard from health professionals and other community groups that the time for action is now.”
Read the full declaration and listed exemptions here.

Local businesses are encouraged to print the below "Face Masks Required" signage.
Mask Mandate Signage-Businesses

Testing Events
Expanding testing plays a major role in keeping North Dakota open. In addition to social distancing, mask wearing and washing your hands frequently, testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19. Identifying positive cases of COVID-19 early is the only way to quickly trace and isolate.

The Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), will host community COVID-19 testing events on the WSC campus.

Monday, January 18, 2021 | 4-6pm | Art Wood Building
Monday, January 25, 2021 | 4-6pm | Art Wood Building

COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community. The testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options both available. Mouth swab tests are used.

Preregistration will further minimize waiting times and expedite testing. If you have registered once you do not need to do it again if getting re-tested.

Find a list of other testing locations here.


BinaxNOW Rapid Testing
In partnership with Williams County/Williston Emergency Management, Upper Missouri District Health Unit, and the State of North Dakota, the City of Williston will offer its second community BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen screening next Tuesday, January 19 from 10am-2pm.

This walk-in testing event is open to the general public, aged 18 and older, that are asymptomatic (showing no signs and symptoms of COVID-19) and will be held in the former Sloulin Airport hangar at 408 Airport Road.

Individuals wishing to access the testing site are asked to turn on their vehicle’s 4-way flashers, enter from 42nd Street West, and then turn on 6th Avenue West.

Upon arrival, individuals will be directed to park and exit their vehicles. Individuals will enter the hangar through the marked west door and proceed through the testing process. A mask is required to enter the hangar.

Tests will be self-administered with the assistance of City of Williston and Williams County staff. Once individuals complete their test, they will exit the hangar through the east door, return to their vehicle, and leave the site. Results will be sent in approximately 15 minutes via text message.

To learn what to expect with the BinaxNOW test, please watch:

Individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register at

View a map of the testing site below.
PR_Rapid Testing map.pdf

City of Williston Buildings
Office vestibules and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.

As of
Monday, January 4, 2021, the Williston Community Library has transitioned to select in-person library services:

  • Computer use
  • Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
  • Library card sign-up
  • Reference and reader advisory services

Curbside pickup and all online and virtual programs will continue.

Public Meetings
Until further notice, all public meetings will only be held virtually.

Regular City Commission meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6pm.

Liquor Licenses

On Wednesday, September 23, the City of Williston City Commission adopted a resolution to suspend the use of liquor licenses for the purposes of special events. This resolution is in effect until further notice.

City of Williston Internal COVID-19 Guidelines
In response to the transition for Williams County from the low risk level (green) to the moderate risk level (yellow) under the ND Smart Restart color-coded health guidance on September 3, the City of Williston introduced additional internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.

On October 14, Governor Doug Burgum announced changes to the North Dakota (ND) Smart Restart Protocols and to COVID-19 risk levels in numerous ND counties.

As of Friday, October 16, Williams County has transitioned from the moderate risk level (yellow) to the high risk level (orange).

In response to the risk level change, the City of Williston has amended its internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.

The COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines include three Risk Levels that correspond to the ND Smart Restart levels: 

  • New Normal (blue) OR Low (green)
  • Moderate (yellow) or High (orange)
  • Critical (red)

From Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Sunday, October 19, 2020, the COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines were in effect at the Moderate level.

As of Monday, October 19, 2020, the COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines are in effect at the High level.

Measures taken at the High level include:

  • Office vestibules and and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.
  • Large public meetings may be held in person with appropriate distancing measures, while not exceeding 25% of room occupancy, but will also be offered virtually.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available in all office vestibules, reception areas, and conference rooms for staff and public use.

Press Releases
21.1.13 | Second free community rapid COVID-19 testing to be offered in Williston
21.1.6 | Free community rapid COVID-19 testing to be offered in Williston
21.1.4 | Williston Community Library begins phased re-opening
20.11.9 | City of Williston Mayor issues Mask Order
20.10.19 | City of Williston amends internal COVID-19 Guidelines

20.9.23 | City of Williston and COVID-19 Risk Level

20.9.10 | City of Williston introduces additional internal COVID-19 guidelines

COVID-19 Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website | Facebook
  • North Dakota Department of Health Website | Facebook  For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1.866.207.2880 from 8am-5pm, Monday through Saturday. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider. 
  • Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU) Website | Facebook
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center Website | Facebook

COVID-19 Quick Links

Page updated: 21.1.13