Gov. Brad Little issues a stay-at-home order

Idaho residents ordered to stay home

BREAKING: Idaho Gov. Brad Little Issues Immediate Statewide Stay-At-Home Order Due To Coronavirus

"If your vehicle breaks down and you can't get to the grocery store, fixing that auto is an essential service", Little said.

Essential workers include health care, public safety and childcare providers. This includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons and others not included in the "essential" category as defined in the order. When walking, running, biking or engaging in other outdoor recreation, people are advised to stay 6 feet away from individuals who are not members of the same household.

"From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system", Governor Little said.

The statewide stay-home order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 21 days.

Twelve days after Idaho confirmed its first case of coronavirus, Gov. Brad Little (R) issued a statewide stay-at-home order to try to halt the disease from spreading further than it already has.

Calling it an "extreme emergency declaration", Little said, "Idaho has entered a new stage" in responding to the global pandemic. Grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential businesses as defined in the order will remain open.

"Gov. Little has acted decisively, wisely and in the best interests of all citizens, including our schoolchildren", Ybarra said.

On Tuesday, Central District Health officials confirmed one case of community spread in Ada County. In recent weeks he had resisted efforts to order statewide closures of schools and restaurants or to ban gatherings.

It follows an action Little took last week in Blaine County after community spread started in the Ketchum area.

"We will get through this together as long as we all play an active part in fighting the spread of coronavirus".

"The maintenance and growth of our transportation infrastructure remains a vital commitment of the State of Idaho, and I encourage the Idaho Legislature to pursue a comprehensive package when the state is facing a more positive economic outlook", Little wrote in his veto message.

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