The growing influence of the COVID-19 pandemic has altered Bozeman on many levels and transformed the day-to-day routine of students and residents. Shelter-in-place guidelines implemented across the nation in order to slow the spread of the virus interrupted popular Bozeman habits, leading local businesses to close or limit their services. The transition to online coursework for MSU after Spring Break emptied campus, and adapted plans for graduation eliminated the traditional commencement ceremony.
Although the new and isolated routines adopted by residents may have left the town with an unfamiliar face, Bozemanites have found ways to maintain its familiar culture by supporting fellow residents and small businesses and enjoying the outdoors in new ways. Just because the town may look deserted does not mean that the people who form its personality are gone.