Idaho Gov. Little orders immediate statewide stay-home order

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little on Wednesday issued an immediate statewide stay home order for Idaho, which will be in place for 21 days.

Little said he made the decision after talking with public health officials and also issued an extreme emergency declaration. He asked that all people self isolate, even if they are not feeling sick.

Under the order, essential services, like grocery stores and medical facilities, will remain open. Restaurants must close their dine-in facilities, but can still provide drive-thru or delivery options.

The order limits non-essential travel and gatherings of any number. Idahoans can still go for a walk, run or bike ride, but must stay six feet apart from other people.

The order is enforceable by law, but Little said he wants the public to do their part by just staying home.

“We will get through this together, as long as we all play an active part in fighting the spread of coronavirus,” Little said.

Little’s order comes on the same day that Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s order will go into effect. The Washington stay home order begins Wednesday night and will be in place for two weeks.

Here is a list of all businesses deemed essential in Idaho:

  • Healthcare workers including Hospitals, clinics, and those providing mental health care. This includes personnel necessary to clean and sterilize facilities.
  • First Responders Including Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedic’s, Law Enforcement Officers, Nurses, Nursing aides. Including Operational command staff and support members.
  • Grocery stores and other food markets, including convenience stores.
  • Farms, fishing operations, and other businesses that cultivate food.
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services.
  • Gas stations, auto repair, and auto supply shops.
  • Bank and financial institutions.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, landscapers, and others who provide services sanitation and safety services.
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services.
  • Educational institutions, for the purpose of distance learning.
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.
  • Restaurants, but only drive-thru, delivery, and carryout.
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
  • Outlets that supply other essential businesses with necessary support or supplies.
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences.
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers that provide services necessary for essential activities.
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children.
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services.
  • Residential facilities and shelters.
  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the order to work.