Each Of Us Can Keep Idaho Moving Forward
I know, because I have heard from many of you these past few weeks, that you are worried about “one step forward, two steps back.” No one wants Idaho to have go backwards; we all want to get our economy moving and help Idahoans get back to work.
Fortunately, the staged reopening of Idaho depends on the people I trust the most, Idahoans. I would encourage all of us to continue to:
- Stay home as much as possible
- Wear a cloth face covering in public (this helps protect others)
- Keep six feet between you and others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
- Stay home if you are ill
I can’t stress enough how important it is for us all to continue to follow recommended precautions to make sure we do not see a spike in COVID-19 cases. It really is up to all of us to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe from the spread of this virus which will keep Idaho businesses open and thriving. Thank you for doing your part to help Idaho rebound.
Thanks to you, Idaho is currently in Stage 1 of the Rebound Idaho. On May 16, we will move to Stage 2 if criteria has been met. In Stage 2 (estimated to be May 16-May 29):
- All vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-isolate.
- Gatherings of less than 10 people can occur if appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed.
- We should continue to minimize non-essential travel.
- 14-day self-isolation period is still required for out-of-state visitors.
In Stage 2, employers should continue to encourage telework whenever possible. Visits to senior living facilities such as nursing homes and congregate facilities (e.g. jails and corrections) are prohibited. Bars, nightclubs, and large venues remain closed. Restaurant dining rooms can open after they have submitted their plans for opening to their local public health district. Indoor gyms and recreation facilities, as well as hair and nail salons, can open if they can meet business protocols.
It’s important to follow the protocols and guidance in support of Idaho businesses, and especially small businesses. The healthier you are, the healthier our economy can be.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information, follow the social media channels and websites of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Gov. Brad Little. Additionally, you will find important data and guidance for COVID-19 and the reopening of Idaho on coronavirus.idaho.gov and rebound.idaho.gov.
Stay healthy. Stay safe. And, I hope you have a great weekend.