Governor Orders Return to Stage 2 of Pandemic Response

Date: November 14, 2020

Mobilizes National Guard to help with the fight against the spread of the coronavirus

Because of spikes in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Brad Little on November 13 ordered the state back to a modified Stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan and to add emphasis to the alarming spike in cases, he also ordered the National Guard to assist in the fight against the coronavirus.

“Healthcare leaders say they are weeks away from having to ration care because too many healthcare workers are out sick with COVID-19. That means they will have to turn people away from emergency departments or they will be unable to provide the best care for patients with COVID-19, heart attacks, strokes, and other health issues,” said a news release issued by the governor’s office.

“This impacts all of us, whether we have COVID-19 or not,” Governor Little said. “Executive Order 2020-19 calls 100 troops to provide a host of capabilities where they are needed, potentially including mobile testing support, medical facility decontamination, or COVID-19 screenings, in addition to ongoing planning and logistics support.”

NFIB Idaho highly encourages all small-business owners to read the governor’s two executive orders, which can be accessed through links in the above news release link. Of immediate importance to know:

Under the new statewide Stage 2 public health order:

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. This does not pertain to religious or political expression. Physical distancing is required for all gatherings.
  • At-risk Idahoans should self-isolate.
  • All Idahoans are encouraged to telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations.
  • Masks continue to be required at long-term care facilities.
  • Bars, nightclubs, and restaurants continue to operate with seating only.

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