Stage 1 of the Reopening of Idaho Starts May 1—Slowly, Cautiously

Date: April 26, 2020

Places of worship, daycare, youth camps will be the first—if criteria are met

Stage 1 of the Idaho Rebounds plan starts May 1 with only a small number of entities allowed to reopen if, as in all four stages, specific criteria are met.

“I have never before in my professional life recommended more urgently that a plan be read than I am now with the Idaho Rebounds, Our Path to Prosperity blueprint published by Gov. Brad Little and the state Dept. of Health and Welfare,” said Suzanne Budge, NFIB’s Idaho state director. “It outlines what the criteria are for the four stages of re-openings, the time frames of the phases, who can reopen, what the metrics are for measuring the success of the re-openings, and who will be measuring those metrics. It’s only nine pages, and our collective ability to move forward or fall backward will be determined to how well all of us followed the guidance in the plan.”

  • Stage 1 of the plan, which will run from May 1 to May 15, allows places of worship to reopen “if they adhere to strict physical distancing, sanitation protocol, and any CDC guidelines. Daycares and organized youth activities and camps can reopen.”
  • Stage 2 of the plan – if Stage 1 succeeds – commences May 16 and runs to May 29 and allows restaurant dining rooms to reopen once their plans have been submitted for approval by local public health districts. Indoor gyms and hair salons can reopen if they meet business protocols.
  • Stage 3, slated to run from May 30 to June 12, will be the time period for bars, restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues to develop plans for diminished standing-room occupancy and physical-distancing protocols—if they want to reopen during Stage 4.
  • Stage 4, June 13 to June 26, will allow bars, restaurants, and large venues to reopen with the plans they developed in Stage 3.

“From an economic standpoint, Idaho’s rebound from COVID-19 starts with employee and consumer confidence, which leads into business stability and growth and eventually promotion and attraction,” says the Idaho Rebounds cover sheet.

In the video below, Governor Little says, “I have no doubt Idaho will be one of the leaders in recovering from the coronavirus. Prudent action today will catapult us forward with broad economic prosperity. We will take back our prosperity.”

Click the graphic above to read the state’s entire reopening plan
Click the graphic above to read the Stage 1 Protocols for reopening May 1

 

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