Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Idaho, US, extend current COVID-19-related restrictions through at least Sept. 17 due to increase in disease activity.

Alert Begins 03 Sep 2020 08:34 PM UTC
Alert Expires 18 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

Authorities in Idaho have extended Stage 4 of its economic recovery plan through at least Sept. 17 due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.

Under Stage 4, most restrictions have been lifted and residents are asked to maintain social distancing measures. Nightclubs and large event venues can operate, but with physical distancing protocols and reduced capacity. Individuals statewide are urged to wear protective face coverings when in public. State authorities have urged public schools to open for in-person lessons; however, each school district will decide whether or not to reopen facilities.

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. 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 a 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.

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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