BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Governor Brad Little announced during a press conference Thursday Idaho will enter Stage 2 of Idaho Rebounds on May 16.
Little said restrictions will be lifted starting Saturday on restaurant indoor dining, hair salons, and indoor gyms and recreation facilities. But social distancing requirements remain, meaning restaurants have to limit seating capacity to 50%.
Little's plan for moving through the four stages by the end of June is based on declining infections and strong testing. The readiness of the health care system is another factor.
You can watch a livestream below.
Governor Little announced bars can now open during Stage 3 on May 30, two weeks before what was previously anticipated.
He also decided to modify the 14 day quarantine for out of state travelers. "Folks looking to come to Idaho from places with no community spread or low confirmed cases are now able to freely enter Idaho," Little said.
Stage Two – If no significant increase in cases and criteria remain met (May 16 – May 29***)
Business Protocols for Opening — Businesses opening their doors in various stages of the Idaho Rebound plan should have operational plans in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. For business protocols available, click here.
|INDIVIDUAL||EMPLOYER||SPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER|
|All vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-isolate. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.||Continue to encourage telework, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.|
Return employees to work in phases, if physical distancing, personal protections and sanitation are feasible.
|Visits to senior living facilities and congregate facilities (e.g. jails and corrections) are prohibited and those employees and providers who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and infection prevention.|
|Gatherings, both public and private, of less than 10 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed can occur.||Employees who are considered vulnerable individuals should continue to self-quarantine. Special accommodations for these employees should be made in the workplace if they are unable to work from home.||Bars and nightclubs remain closed.|
|Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.||All open businesses continue to follow plans.||Restaurant dining rooms can open once their plans have been submitted for approval by local public health districts.|
|Continue the 14-day self -isolation for people entering Idaho to prevent influx of out-of-state visitors.||Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.||Indoor gyms and recreation facilities can open if ability to meet business protocols.|
|Hair salons open if ability to meet business protocols.|
|Large venues (e.g., movie theaters, and sporting venues) are closed.|