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Published August 3rd, 2020

The Current State of Idaho Reopening

Reopening Idaho from a statewide “Stay Healthy” order is a massive effort being led by Gov. Brad Little together with over 1 million Idahoans. The actions that Idaho has taken such as strongly encouraging a 14-day self-quarantine for those entering the state, avoiding social gatherings, and requiring mandatory physical distancing and sanitation protocols have enabled them to reopen most business sectors like restaurants, recreational facilities, and close contact services, while nightclubs and large venues will be reopening soon.

This article will briefly answer the following questions:

  • What is the Idaho reopening plan?
  • What are the Idaho reopening stages?
  • Why are reopening checks important for Idaho-based businesses?
  • What are Idaho reopening checklists?

The Idaho Reopening Plan: Idaho Rebounds

Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity is the reopening plan of Gov. Little and the Economic Rebound Advisory Committee which is made up of business leaders across the state, giving recommendations to rebuild employee and consumer confidence, provide for business stability and growth, and eventually, business promotion and attraction. Idaho’s reopening plan mainly consists of return to work cash bonuses, cash grants for small businesses, and guidance resources for business reopening in different stages.

Idaho Reopening Stages: Our Path to Prosperity

Idaho’s path to prosperity technically has five stages, and Idahoans can only enter into the next stage if there is no significant increase in their confirmed COVID-19 cases and their syndromic, epidemiologic, and healthcare criteria are met. The Idaho reopening stages are as follows:

  • Initial Stage

    Continue self-quarantine, teleworking or working from home, and essential businesses

  • Stage 1

    Reopen daycare, youth activities, and places of worship

  • Stage 2

    Reopen restaurants, close contact services, indoor gyms, and recreational facilities

  • Stage 3

    Reopen outdoor pools, splash pads, waterparks, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and indoor movie theaters

  • Stage 4

    Reopen senior living facilities, congregate facilities, nightclubs, and large venues

The Impact of Reopening Inspections in Idaho

Restrictions or policies are being modified according to the number of cases per county. Regardless of what stage Idaho is currently in, it remains crucial for Idahoan business owners to continue their operations safely. Performing reopening inspections or readiness assessments can help Idaho-based employers to reopen strong, reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection among employees and customers and staying safe while running the business day-to-day amidst a global pandemic.

Idaho Reopening: Checklists for Businesses

Idaho reopening checklists are created according to the guidance of the Economic Rebound Advisory Committee and seek to help Idahoan employers effectively develop and implement their operational plan to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. An Idaho reopening checklist can support businesses to:

  1. Establish a protocol to maintain the six feet physical distancing requirements for employees and patrons.
  2. Identify how the business will provide adequate sanitation and personal hygiene for employees, vendors, and patrons.
  3. Identify how the business will provide services limiting close interactions with patrons.
  4. Identify strategies for addressing ill employees.
  5. Apply other best practices on a case-by-case basis.

To make it easier for Idahoans to continue safe operations amidst a global pandemic, we’ve surfaced these statewide industry guidance-based reopening checklists you can download for free and use with iAuditor by SafetyCulture.


Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Shine Colcol

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Shine has been professionally writing about virtually anything since her internship for a digital publisher of niche blogazines. She is passionate about building a culture of continuous improvement in the environmental, health, safety, and quality space through well-researched, engaging, and impactful content.