Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Idaho, US, to lift additional COVID-19 business restrictions starting May 30. Gatherings of more than 50 people banned.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Sun Valley, Idaho

This alert began 29 May 2020 12:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Idaho (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Idaho Governor Bradley Little announced that Stage 3 of the state's economic recovery plan would begin May 30. The recovery plan involves lifting business restrictions previously imposed as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Stage 3 is tentatively due to run until at least June 12. Businesses, activities, and facilities that have gradually reopened since May 1 and 15 are still required to adhere to certain requirements. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, provide protective equipment for workers, and ensure social distancing measures among clients and employees. During Stage 3, other businesses and activities may resume, albeit with some limitations, while others remain closed:

  • Bars and movie theaters may reopen.
  • Gatherings of up to 50 people can occur instead of 10.
  • Nonessential travel can resume to locations that allow it and do not have ongoing transmission.
  • Nightclubs and large venues, such as concert and sporting venues, as well as parades and festivals, remain suspended.


Idaho authorities continue to urge vulnerable residents to self-isolate, and all residents to maintain social distance measures and wear face coverings when in public. Officials strongly encourage travelers entering Idaho from cities or states with prevalent community spread to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Lingering business and transport disruptions will likely persist as restrictions are eased. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The relaxation of some measures will likely accelerate in the coming weeks; however, restrictions may be reimposed or extended further should the number of COVID-19 cases increase. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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