Idaho Gov. Brad Little Says Coronavirus Measures Will Extend Past Mid-April

Apr 8, 2020

In late March, Governor Brad Little (R) issued a stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the state. The initial order was set to end on April 15.

“We will not return to normal on April 16," said Gov. Little.

 

At a virtual town hall Tuesday, the governor said he’s looking at data on the spread of the virus to decide how to proceed in the coming weeks. 

He said most Idahoans are following his guidelines, but that “good Idahoan common sense” needs to continue as Idaho waits for its virus peak. Little warned that those ignoring the rules weren’t just threatening health safety, but endangering Idaho’s economy. 

“You can’t have economic development if you have collapsed your healthcare system, if you have collapsed your social safety net, if communities are turned upside down," he said. "The sooner we get over that, the sooner we can return to the economic prosperity that we literally had only a month ago in Idaho."

Gov. Little also discussed how farm workers, grocery stores and prisons in Idaho were all working to follow CDC guidelines of social distancing and hygiene measures. 

 

He said Idahoans should continue their fight against the virus by following guidelines such as staying at home, wearing masks in public areas and avoiding touching your face. 

 

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