Idaho Moving Back To Phase 3 Of Reopening, Governor Says, As COVID-19 Cases Rise
The change comes because of quickly rising coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the state. Hospital systems in North Idaho and in the Boise metropolitan area have seen hospitalizations rise and bed and staff resources stretched thin.
The governor announced that the previous Phase 3 limitations are in place, with some changes:
-Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people maximum.
-Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25% of venue capacity.
-Physical distancing requirements are in place for gatherings of all types.
-Long-term care facilities will not be allowed to operate without requiring masks inside.
-Nightclubs can only operate as bars.
Little did not recommend or mandate schools move to remote learning. And there is no prohibition against church services or travel into and out of the state. The governor also has not imposed a statewide masking directive as numerous others states have.
As of Monday, Oct. 26, Idaho has recorded at least 59,344 COVID-19 cases and 573 deaths since March.
An Idaho Senate panel of lawmakers on Monday approved a new version of a constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into s3ession. But several Republicans in the super-majority joined Democrats in opposing the measure amid concerns the Legislature could become a fulltime operation. Continue Reading Idaho Legislature Inches Closer To Stripping Governor Of Authority Over Special Sessions
Lawmakers are angry that Republican Gov. Brad Little took some of those actions to slow the coronavirus. Those actions included a temporary lockdown starting in March when the virus overwhelmed some hospitals with patients and threatened to do so at others. Hospital workers were also getting sick and said they were in danger of running out of protective equipment. Continue Reading In Spat With Governor, Idaho Lawmakers Want To Eliminate COVID As ‘Emergency’ In State Law
The legislation stems from lawmaker dissatisfaction with a temporary lockdown and other restrictions that Republican Gov. Brad Little put in place last March to reduce coronavirus infections and deaths. The Republican-dominated Legislature had adjourned for the year by then and was powerless to do anything. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Get Closer To Stripping Governor Of Some Emergency Powers