BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen, in coordination with Gov. Brad Little, announced during a media briefing Tuesday Idaho is moving to Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan.
You can watch the briefing below.
Stage 4 is the highest and least restrictive stage before being completely reopened.
The biggest change is there are no recommended limitations on gathering sizes, but face coverings and social distancing are strongly recommended for the public and still required at long-term care facilities.
Jeppesen ays 83% of hospitals are operating normally and none are experiencing resource limitations.
Under the Stage 4 Stay Healthy Guidelines:
- Idaho remains open with recommendations to protect lives, healthcare access, and the economy.
- Vaccines are encouraged to help keep Idaho open.
- There are no more recommended gathering size limitations, but recommended guidance on how to gather safely is available and encouraged.
- Face coverings are recommended when physical distancing is difficult per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Face coverings continue to be required for people who are visiting or working in a long-term care facility, to protect vulnerable residents.
- Everyone, including businesses, should follow physical distancing and sanitation recommendations.
Stage Four (current) – View the Stage 4 Stay Healthy Guidelines here
|INDIVIDUAL||EMPLOYER||SPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER|
|COVID-19 vaccine encouraged for all eligible individuals.||All individuals, businesses, and governmental entities should adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines.||Face coverings required at long-term care facilities.|
|No recommended limitations on gathering sizes. Gatherings, both public and private, should adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines.||Businesses and governmental agencies continue operations at physical locations.|
|Face coverings strongly recommended per guidance from CDC.||All open businesses continue to follow plans.|
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.
Everyone 16 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho. There are no out-of-pocket costs to anyone who gets the vaccine. FDA has now authorized vaccine for those 12 to 15 years of age and CDC recommendations are expected later this week.