On March 25, 2020, Dave Jeppesen, Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, issued an Order to Self-Isolate for the State of Idaho, which requires all Idaho residents to self-isolate and all non-essential businesses to close from 1:30 p.m. on March 25, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020, unless the order is modified, extended, or rescinded. The goal of the order is to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Tips: Review Idaho’s order and the associated Essential Services list, as well as the federal government guidance they incorporate, to evaluate whether your business qualifies as an Essential Business, and if so, which of your workers are essential in providing those business services. There are many categories that could apply to your business, particularly those in manufacturing and agriculture. If you determine your business doesn’t qualify as an Essential Business, then you must close your facilities for anything other than Minimum Basic Operations. If employees can perform any work at home, you should implement necessary steps to allow them to continue working while complying with Idaho’s order, and be sure to direct those who are out of work to the Idaho Department of Labor, including these helpful FAQs, to evaluate their options for receiving pay while the order is in place.