Idaho enters Stage 1 of reopening
Thursday, Governor Brad Little replaced the previous statewide stay-home order with his new "Stay Healthy Order" for Stage 1.The order follows the guidance of the President and CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and was developed in close and constant consultation with the state epidemiologists. It is available at Coronavirus.Idaho.Gov. Stage 1 means 90-percent of businesses can open their doors on May 1. To ensure consumer and employee confidence, businesses must follow protocols to ensure physical distancing, sanitation, and other measures are followed in Stage 1.
In Stage 1:
If Idaho meets criteria to progress to the next stage over the next two weeks, then Stage 2 will begin May 16. Details are at Rebound.Idaho.Gov.
"I want to reiterate that we can only progress through the stages if we demonstrate a downward decline in severe cases and meet other criteria," Little added. "It is imperative that individuals take personal responsibility by limiting their exposure to others and maintaining good hygiene."
Meanwhile, Idaho is focused on expanding and targeting access to testing, improving contact tracing for all COVID-positive cases, and working to ensure healthcare system capacity. In addition, Idaho continues to hone plans and strategies for preparedness and long-term care facilities.
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