Gov. Brad Little unveiled his Path to Prosperity, Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho, at a press conference yesterday. The document outlines a staged approach to getting our economy moving and getting Idahoans back to work.
There is nothing more important to those of us serving the people of Idaho than making sure Idahoans are safe and healthy, as well as returning Idaho to the symbol of prosperity it was before the COVID-19 crisis.
There are certain criteria that must be met to advance through the stages to re-start our economy. When that criteria is met, the economy will be opened in stages (every two weeks).
There is a new website, rebound.idaho.gov, that provides all the details for businesses as Idaho opens up for business. To help the Governor’s staff and the Governor’s Coronavirus Working Group make decisions, the Gov. Little has created the Governor’s Economic Rebound Advisory Committee, led by Darrel Anderson from Idaho Power. The Advisory Committee is responsible for providing recommendations to Gov. Little in support of the state’s rebound from the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. You can keep up with changes and recommendations on the website.
The Stay-Home Order is still in effect through April 30, 2020. On April 30, the Gov. Little will make an announcement related to the Stay-Home Order and whether it will be extended or changed in some way. If we all continue to follow recommended precautions and the good progress against the criteria continues, we hope to advance to Stage 1.
As the state shifts its focus from response to COVID-19 to a rebound from the pandemic, it is important to remember that there is no vaccine or treatment. That means that our friends and neighbors who are planning to open their businesses are depending on all of us to stay the course when it comes to recommended precautions for individuals. This is in effect through all stages:
- Engage in physical distancing of six feet
- Wear face coverings in public places
- Stay home if sick
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces and objects
Because of your commitment to the greater good, we can begin to plan for the reopening of Idaho. Thank you for doing your part for your families, friends, and neighbors.