Gov. Little Extends Idaho Stay-home Order
BOISE, Idaho (KLIX)-Idaho Governor Brad Little has extended the state stay-at-home order to April 30 as a measure to curb the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
During a press conference this morning the governor said some restrictions and non-essential businesses will be allowed to operate with limits. Social distancing guidelines will remain in place.
The governor also said that out of state visitors will be asked to quarantine for 14 days if they are staying in Idaho. Those traveling out of the state for essential services or work in another state are exempt from the quarantine.
Some businesses that may not have been labeled as "non-essential" under the earlier guidelines might be able to open up curbside and drop-off serves if they can maintain social distancing guidelines. The director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, David Jeppesen, suggested businesses like dog groomers could offer curbside services.
This excludes some “non-essential” businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings.
State health officials said during the press conference said people should continue to wear a mask if they plan to be out where there may be larger groups and keep good hygiene habits.
The governor said "non-essential" businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30, but warned it could change if Idaho sees severe cases of COVID-19 between now and then.