Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Idaho, US, extend current coronavirus restrictions through at least Aug. 6 due to increase in disease activity.

  • Alert Begins: 23 Jul 2020 10:56 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 06 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Idaho (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Idaho have ordered that the state remain under Stage 4 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan through at least Aug. 6 due to an increase in disease activity. Stage 4 had been slated to expire at the state level on July 24. While no new statewide restrictions will be imposed, now new COVID-related measures will be lifted, either.

Some individual county governments, on the other hand, have implemented measures at the local level. Ada County - home to the state capital Boise - is the only county in Idaho to remain at Stage 3 after experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases during mid-June. All travelers entering the county are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, and nightclubs, bars, and large venues must close. Orders requiring residents to wear protective face covering in public places where adherence to social distancing guidelines is not possible are in force in Ada, Teton, and Bonneville counties, as well as in the cities of Boise, Hailey, and Ketchum.

Some business and transport disruptions remain possible, particularly in locations with higher instances of infection. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
Under Stage 4 of Idaho's COVID-19 recovery plan, gatherings of any size may occur, though attendees must comply with social distancing guidelines and authorities recommend avoiding travel to areas with significant ongoing virus transmission. Large sports venues and nightclubs may open, but must operate at limited capacity. Other businesses may function without capacity limits provided they adhere to social distancing directives and enhanced sanitation procedures. Individuals statewide are urged to wear protective face coverings when in public. Residents aged 65 and older, and those with underlying health issues, may resume public interactions, and nonessential travel is also allowed. Visits to senior living facilities and corrections facilities are allowed.

Advice
Heed the instructions of authorities. 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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