Idaho is moving into a new stage of Gov. Brad Little’s coronavirus reopening plans and lifting restrictions on the size of gatherings.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen made the announcement Tuesday, noting that the state’s health care system isn’t strained and plenty of vaccine is available for interested residents.
The current move to Stage 4 means there is no limit on gatherings, though public health officials are encouraging people to follow guidance from federal and local health agencies on how to gather safely.
Jeppesen says face coverings are still recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated people at times when physical distancing is difficult, and people and businesses should continue to follow physical distancing and sanitation recommendations.
According to numbers from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, so far, nearly 624,000 people have received vaccinations in the state out of roughly 1.8 million residents. But health officials say more people need to get vaccinated to keep Idaho on track for a full recovery. (AP)