Idaho to return to Stage 3 restrictions

Idaho Governor Brad Little announced in a press conference on Tuesday that after weeks of declining COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations, statewide metrics justify returning to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan.
 “When we moved back to Stage 2 in November, case counts were spiking and hospitals were bracing for the worst. Today, thanks to our collective good efforts, those case counts are much lower and trending downward. Idaho now has one of the lowest rates of spread in the nation. However, moving forward to Stage 3 is not a signal to let up on our collective good efforts. Idaho has the strongest economy in the nation and the most financially solvent state budget. Let’s keep it that way. We must stay vigilant,” said Little.
 Under the Stage 3 Stay Healthy guidelines, Idaho will remain open, however limitations such as deemed necessary to protect lives, healthcare access, and the economy will remain in place.
 Gatherings will be limited to 50 people or less, however this does not include political and religious expression, educational activities, and health care related events such as COVID-19 testing or vaccination events. The social limitation also does not include youth sporting events, so long as organizers comply with spectator plans administered by the Idaho State Board of Education.
 Face coverings and physical distancing remain strongly recommended. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs should continue to operate with seating only.
 Large events such as weddings, and sporting venues with more than 50 people, may receive an exemption if organizers submit attestation to local public health districts confirming the events will follow necessary guidelines and hygiene protocols as outlined in their safe operations plan.

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