The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare extended its Order to Self-Isolate through April 30, 2020. The order, which as we previously reported was originally in effect through April 15, 2020, prevents individuals from leaving homes unless they engage in essential activities or essential business services. In addition to extending the time frame for the stay-at-home order, the department added to the list of essential businesses (see section 8.f), by including businesses that are able to operate via curbside, drive in or through, mail, or delivery services, while still maintaining social distancing requirements for customers and employees. Businesses that aren’t deemed essential are still allowed to carry out minimum basic operations provided that employees maintain social distancing to the extent possible. Under the amended order, minimum basic operations now include minimum necessary activities to prepare the business to reopen, including sanitizing, obtaining personal protective equipment, and ensuring compliance with social distancing requirements.
Tips for Employers: Monitor the governor’s COVID-19 resources page to keep up on changes and to help guide your decision-making. If you stay open as an essential business, ensure that you enforce social distancing guidelines to the extent possible. See our Model Policy, Social Distancing Policy.