Idaho Governor’s April 15 Order to Self-Isolate FAQs
1. Businesses, including “nonessential” businesses, may offer curbside delivery of goods (even nonessential goods).
2. Travel into Idaho is restricted; persons who are exhibiting symptoms of, or have tested positive for, COVID-19 may not enter the state, and others entering from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days.
3. “Minimum basic operations” for which a business may open to employees includes activities necessary to reopen in accordance with social distancing, sanitation, and other protective procedures.
4. The self-isolation period is extended through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), in response to Presidential Policy Directive 21, has identified 16 categories of critical infrastructure. On March 19, 2020, DHS’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency issued a document entitled Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response, including a list of professions that support our community’s essential services. Click HERE to read the document (the list begins on page 5).
Essential services include those listed in the DHS Guidance, as well as those listed in the Governor’s April 15 Order.
• To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to your health and safety, or to the health and safety of your family, household members, pets, livestock, and/or the health and safety of other vulnerable persons. (Examples: obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.)
• To obtain necessary services or supplies for yourself or your family or household members, or to deliver services or supplies to others. (Examples: obtaining or delivering food, pet or livestock feed or supplies, household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of your residence.)
• To recreate outdoors near your home – but you must follow the social distancing requirements set forth in the Order: Do not congregate in a group of any number. Each individual must maintain 6 feet of distance from other people. (It is fine to be within 6 feet of the members of your own household.)
• To perform work providing minimum basic operations for your job. (Examples: minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and related functions; and the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business who are working remotely.)
If you do leave your home, for any reason, including to obtain or provide essential services, you are required to follow the social distancing requirements set forth in the Order: People may not congregate in a group of any number. Each individual must maintain 6 feet of distance from other people. (Being within 6 feet of the members of your own household is allowed.)
• Persons who are exhibiting symptoms of, or have tested positive for, COVID-19 may not leave their homes, except to seek medical care.
• People may not congregate in a group of any number. Each individual must maintain 6 feet of distance from other people. (Being within 6 feet of the members of your own household is allowed.)
• Heightened sanitation and personal hygiene practices, especially handwashing, is encouraged.
The Centers for Disease Control also recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you wear a cloth face covering, it will not necessarily protect you from the virus, but it may help keep you from spreading it to others. Some people who have COVID-19 may feel fine and not have any symptoms.
The following businesses may operate as usual, except that social distancing and sanitation measures must be implemented, as feasible.
Cell phone store
Child custody agreement
Child custody order
Construction, in progress
Delivery (UPS, Prime, FedEx)
Furniture (home office)
Golf (self-service play)
Home supply store
HVAC maintenance, repair
News media and reporting
Pet supply store
Private transportation provider
Real estate sales
Remote work supply
Restaurant drive through
Until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, the following businesses may operate ONLY with curbside transactions, and with social distancing and sanitation measures, as feasible:
The following businesses/activities must close/cease through April 30:
These lists are not comprehensive. For more information, please review:
• April 15 Governor’s Order
• Governor’s Office List of Essential Services
• Governor’s Office FAQs and Additional Guidance
• Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response¸ issued on March 19, 2020, by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.
Even where the March 25 Governor’s Order does not apply, or where employees are working on site, all premises are encouraged to observe social distancing, cleanliness, sanitation, and face covering protocols, as advised by the CDC, as much as is feasible.
• Common flu is most contagious 3-4 days after symptoms begin; COVID-19 is contagious 2-14 days before symptoms begin, meaning that it can be transmitted by both those who have symptoms and those who show no symptoms. This means infected individuals who feel just fine could be spreading the virus.
• There are vaccines, treatments, and medical equipment available to treat the common flu; there are no vaccines currently available to prevent COVID-19 infected individuals, there is no medicine available to treat COVID-19, and whether adequate medical equipment will be available to address the symptoms of those infected with COVID-19 depends largely on the success of preventative efforts.
• Pneumonia resulting from common flu is bacterial, and can be treated with antibiotics; pneumonia resulting from COVID-19 is viral and can only be treated by ventilators. Our medical system may not have enough ventilators to treat the anticipated numbers of COVID-19 patients if it spreads at the rate we have seen in other countries. Hospitalization is more likely for COVID-19 individuals than those with common flu.
• Common flu has been in our society for several years and we know a lot about its symptoms, treatment, and effects. COVID-19 is a novel virus, which means that minimal data exists.
Because of these differences, it is important to do what we can to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 to vulnerable persons, and to delay the spread of COVID-19 within our community in order to avoid overwhelming our medical system.