Little vetoes roads funding bill due to coronavirus concerns

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

Brad Little has issued a statewide stay-at-home order as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Little's order included language classifying educators and educational institutions as essential.

Little's order does not seem to have any kind of enforcement mechanism and he didn't say whether someone could be cited or arrested for violating it.

The governor also issued a new "extreme emergency" declaration for the state, a step he said would allow him to take additional steps to expand the capacity of Idaho's health care system.

But, Little said, the situation changed as a result of community spread, resulting in new restrictions.

Essential workers include health care, public safety and childcare providers.

Little's stay-home order requires nonessential businesses to close their physical locations, Little said.

Essential work is considered medical professionals, food service employees, janitorial staff or anyone whos service is remaining open and can't work from home. Restaurants across the state are being ordered to close dine-in, but drive-thru, pick up and delivery will still be available. 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. "I am following the guidance of our public health experts and issuing a statewide stay-home order effective immediately".

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

"Given where we are in the biology of this disease, it's important to do now to get the message out to all of Idaho", Little said.

Last week, Little and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials defined community spread as someone contracting the virus from an unknown source within their community. Community spread means it's not clear where or from whom a person became infected.

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

As of Wednesday afternoon, the state had at least 73 confirmed cases.

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