Earlier today Gov. Brad Little extended the statewide stay-home order to April 30, with exceptions for operations of formerly “non-essential” businesses, facilities, and services and new restrictions related to nonresident travel into the state. Idahoans should continue to practice all the behaviors they have been doing since March 25, when Governor Little issued the 21-day order.  However, formerly “non-essential” facilities and services under the order may offer curbside and delivery services between now and April 30. In addition, Governor Little’s amended order issued today requires out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after entering. Those performing essential services or those who live in one state and work or gain essential services in another state are excluded. Governor Little also said “non-essential” businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30 as long as they prepare operational plans over the next two weeks to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; and direct flow of people in the operation.  This excludes some “non-essential” businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings. He noted that may not occur if there is an upward trend of severe COVID-19 cases in Idaho between now and April 30. “Rebounding to an economic recovery will require consumer confidence. Without therapeutics to treat symptoms of coronavirus, without a vaccine, and without herd immunity, consumers want to know businesses will adhere to strict practices to assure their health and safety. We can expect to go through phases of loosening and tightening of these measures until we do. In the meantime, I will continue to push for expanded access to testing,” Governor Little added. Governor Little will evaluate the order again closer to the end of the month. The amended order and other updated informational materials will be available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/


Spirits High Amid Quarantine

Becky Clark, Owner of Sew Much More Embroidery and Alterations hasn’t lost her sense of humor due to the COVID-19 lock-down.

Benewah County residents will conduct the May 19 primary election by mail due to coronavirus concerns. Informational packets and ballot request forms will be delivered to registered Idaho voters within the next 10 days.
Citizens can also request their ballots by going to www.Idahovotes.gov
Ballots must be returned to the Benewah County Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. June 2.
Results of the primary will be announced that night.

The Innovia Foundation launches COVID-19 Community Response and recovery funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
Local philanthropic, government, and business partners have joined together to create 2 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The funds are designed to complement the work of public health officials, medical providers, businesses and governments to expand regional capacity addressing the outbreak as effectively as possible.

At this time, Innovia is working to understand the impact, particularly for communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Click https://covidresponse.questionpro.com/ to fill out a brief 5 question survey that will help them determine the most pressing community needs and how to best direct financial and other resources in this immediate response phase.


Idaho COVID-19 Resources

A Stay at Home Order in in place for all Idaho citizens.
The situation is changing rapidly, so it’s important for everyone to have access to current and accurate information.
Visit the state’s official site for up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shut-down is impacting businesses throughout the state.
Idaho Commerce is providing assistance to business owners.
To learn more about state and federal programs, click the link below.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is here to help business with a variety of programs.
To learn more and apply for assistance, follow the link below: