Idahoans reminded to continue safe practices as Idaho enters Stage 3 of reopening
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday Idaho has met the criteria to advance to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly reopen Idaho's economy.
"We are better off in Idaho than elsewhere not because the problem doesn't exist here but because we're doing a good job protecting our families, neighbors, and friends," Little said. "Health and the economy are not mutually exclusive - they are interconnected. Half a million Idahoans are at risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 if they contract it, and we cannot rebound if a huge segment of our population is concerned to engage in the economy again. They will engage, however, if they feel safe going outside their homes to visit businesses and return to work. We all play a role in keeping them safe."
Little also said that after consultation with movie theatre operators and public health officials, he decided to move up the opening of movie theatres by two weeks - from Stage 4 to Stage 3 beginning Saturday - as long as protocols are followed. Protocols for movie theatres to follow were made available Thursday.
Beginning Saturday (Stage 3):
"Our personal actions are the most effective way to manage the virus and get our economy roaring again," Little added.
Every Idahoan is urged to continue practicing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
Idaho can only advance through the stages of reopening if people continue to meet epidemiological, syndromic and healthcare capacity criteria. Additional details are available at https://rebound.idaho.gov/stages-of-reopening/.
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