DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: Let’s All Do Our Part to Keep Idaho Open

Yesterday, Gov. Brad Little announced that Idaho will enter Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan to safely and responsibly open the economy in stages. However, it’s important to note that Idaho barely met the criteria established by our state’s public health team, so it is more important than ever to follow recommended precautions so we can keep Idaho open.

  • Keep at least six feet between you and others in public.
  • Wear face coverings in public places (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.)
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly.

On Saturday, 100 percent of businesses will be able to open their doors as we enter Stage 4 of our Idaho Rebounds plan. That means:

  • Visits to senior living facilities and other congregate facilities can resume, under strict protocols to protect residents and workers.
  • Nightclubs may operate with precautionary measures in place.
  • Large venues such as sporting events can operate under protocols, including physical distancing.
  • Employers can resume unrestricted staffing but should continue to practice physical distancing and sanitation, including the use of teleworking where practical. Special accommodations for individuals at higher risk for severe illness should be made.
  • Travel can continue to locations that have no ongoing virus transmission.
  • Gatherings of any size can occur as long as physical distancing and precautionary measures can occur.

Additional detail is available at https://rebound.idaho.gov/stages-of-reopening/. There are also protocols available to help all businesses reopen.

We are ONE Idaho

Idaho has launched ONE Idaho, an initiative to highlight the resilience and adaptability of Idaho businesses, employees, and customers. The promise of this initiative is: “We are stronger together. We are one Idaho.” I hope that resonates with you as it does with me.

As Gov. Little said, “Health and the economy are linked. Our economic rebound cannot occur without sufficient healthcare capacity, a healthy population, and consumer and employee confidence.”

I want to you thank you all for your commitment to keeping the economy moving forward by keeping all Idahoans safe.

Details about the ONE Idaho initiative can be found at one.idaho.gov/.

Idahoans can show their support for an open, safe, and healthy state by taking the ONE Idaho Pledge, committing to do their part as a business owner, employee, or consumer.

I have already pledged my commitment. I hope you do, too.

Crush the Curve Idaho Essay Contest

DHW is happy to be partnering with Crush the Curve for the Summer Essay Contest. Writing is a great way to help kids better understand COVID-19 and what a pandemic is in an age-appropriate way. Please visit https://crushthecurveidaho.com/essay-contest for more information. I appreciate Crush the Curve’s commitment to education and support of the children and teachers in Idaho.

This weekend will be the first weekend in months that everything is open in Idaho. I hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy weekend.

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