BOISE - Idaho Governor Brad Little announced at a press conference on Thursday that the state of Idaho will move into Stage 3 of re-opening on Saturday, May 30.
This includes the ability for bars to re-open, as well as gatherings to increase from 10, to up to 50 people as long as social distancing protocols are still being adhered to. This means capacity at bars will be capped at 50 and tables will be properly distanced. Movie theaters have also been moved up from Stage 4 to Stage 3, and can also re-open Saturday under new protocols.
In movie theaters, there will be a limited number of patrons allowed inside at a given time, and there will be a requirement of a minimum of 3 seats (or six feet) between groups/parties when seating. Seating will also likely be every other row, to allow six feet of distancing. Longer than usual times between screenings will also be scheduled to allow for the disinfecting of seats and other high-touch surface areas.
Businesses, if possible, are still recommended to have employees work remotely. Non-essential travel can resume to locations that allow it and do not have ongoing transmission. Only out-of-state travelers from areas of high spread should quarantine for 14 days after entering Idaho.
Visits to senior living facilities and congregate facilities (i.e. jails and correctional facilities) are still prohibited during this time. Large venues like sporting events will also remain closed until Stage 4.
Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to re-open the state is still on schedule to begin June 13, barring any setbacks.