Idaho Gov. Brad Little introduces 4-step process to reopen the state

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little announced Thursday his plans to begin reopening the state of Idaho.

Little said the process of reopening the state in the wake of COVID-19 will be gradual and happen through four stages, which will be required to meet specific criteria throughout the process.

Every two weeks, state leaders will evaluate against the criteria to determine if it is feasible to move from one stage to the next.

Little broke down the reopening process into the four following stages and provided estimated dates for each:

Stage 1: May 1 – May 15

During stage 1, some retail businesses, daycares, organized youth activities and camps, as well as places of worship can reopen if they follow strict physical distancing and sanitation protocol.

Restaurants, bars, hair salons, indoor gyms, recreational facilities and large venues must remain closed.

Vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-quarantine, telework should be encouraged and visits to senior living facilities will be prohibited. Non-essential travel should stay to a minimum, public and private gatherings should be avoided, and the 14-day self-quarantine for people entering Idaho will stay in place.

Stage 2: May 16 – May 29

During stage 2, restaurant dining rooms, indoor gyms, recreational facilities and hair salons will be able to reopen if they meet proper protocol.

Gatherings of less than 10 people will be allowed if proposal physical distancing is observed.

Large venues, as well as bars and nightclubs, will stay closed during this stage.

Vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-isolate and visits to senior living facilities will still be prohibited.

Stage 3: May 30 – June 12

During stage 3, gatherings of 10-50 people will be allowed as long as social distancing practices are observed. Vulnerable Idahoans will be able to resume public interactions, but should also minimize exposure to social settings.

Non-essential travel can resume to locations that allow it and do not have ongoing transmission.

Bars, nightclubs and large venues will remain closed.

During this stage, the state will discontinue the 14-day self-quarantine for people entering Idaho.

Stage 4: June 13 – June 26

During stage 4, bars and nightclubs will reopen, and visits to senior living facilities will be allowed. Additionally, gatherings of more than 50 people can happen as long as appropriate physical distancing is observed.

Little said that Idaho’s efforts so far have worked to flatten the curve, and added that the reopening process will not work unless Idahoans continue to stay home and practice social distancing.

More information about the state’s plan to reopen can be found here.