Authorities in Idaho issued orders to reimpose certain restrictions statewide, starting Oct. 27, due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Officials moved the state back to Stage 3 of its economic recovery plan.

Under the measure, gatherings of more than 50 people indoors remain banned, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25-percent of the facility's capacity. These gathering restrictions do not apply to political activities, including polling stations, or for religious ceremonies, although attendants must maintain proper distance. Additionally, all customers at restaurants, bars, and nightclubs must remain seated while on the premises, except when entering, leaving, or going to the restroom. Nightclubs can operate as bars. Facemasks are required only for nonresidents of long-term care facilities, although authorities urge all residents to wear one while in public.

Local authorities can implement additional restrictions if they consider it necessary within their jurisdictions. In Ada County - home to the state capital, Boise - large venue gatherings are banned, and the use of facemasks is required in public places. Orders requiring residents to wear a protective facemask in public places where adherence to social-distancing guidelines is not possible are also in force in Blaine, Bonneville, Custer, Freemont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton, and Valley counties.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

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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