BOISE - On Wednesday, Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a statewide, "Stay Home Order" for the entire State of Idaho. The order is effective immediately, and will be in effect for 21 days. Governor Little and public health officials will later evaluate whether that 21 day period will need to be extended.
The stay-at-home order requires citizens to self isolate at home - if you can, not just if you are sick. This excludes healthcare, public safety, and other essential workers as defined in the order. Grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential businesses will remain open. Non-essential businesses and services will close their physical locations, which includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, and hair and nail salons.
A full list of essential services can be found here: https://www.bigcountrynewsconnection.com/idaho-essential-businesses-and-services/pdf_04ec8ed6-6ef9-11ea-8f7e-33ae2330948d.html
"Our healthcare and public safety workers are putting themselves in harm's way to respond to the Coronavirus emergency, and we owe it to them to do our part by following the statewide stay-home order," said Governor Little.
An extreme emergency declaration was also signed, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow Coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.