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

Under Stage 4, most restrictions have been lifted, but 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. All travelers entering the state from another country or area with high COVID-19 transmission are encouraged, but not required, to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.

Some individual county governments have implemented measures at the local level. Ada County - home to the state capital, Boise - is the only county in Idaho to remain at Modified Stage 3. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, and nightclubs, bars, and large venues may open after their reopening plan is approved. Orders requiring residents to wear a protective facemask in public places where adherence to social-distancing guidelines is not possible are in force in Ada, Bonneville, Custer, Freemont, Jefferson, and Teton 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.

Advice
Heed the instructions of the local authorities. 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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