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Gov. Little releases more information on phase 1 of Idaho Rebounds

Gov. Little releases more information on phase 1 of Idaho Rebounds
Posted at 1:41 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 19:20:51-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's stay-home order expires at midnight and the first phase of Idaho Rebounds will begin. A 14-day quarantine for those entering the state who may have contracted COVID-19 will remain in place.

Phase one lasts from May 1 to May 15, but could be extended depending on if certain criteria is met. Places of worship, daycares, organized youth activities and camps will be allowed to reopen starting May 1. The specific protocol for daycares, churches and youth activities is now posted on the Idaho Rebound website.

Gyms, bars, hair salons and restaurant dining rooms will remain closed. Hair and nail salons can begin making plans to reopen on May 16 if the protocol is followed. Restaurant owners should start developing plans to open for dine-in beginning May 16 as well. Protocols will be available for the end of business on April 30.

Visits to senior living facilities and jails or prisons are still prohibited. Bars, nightclubs and other large venues must remain closed for the time being.

Related: Gov. Little announced staged reopening process is underway in Idaho

$300 million will become available in to small businesses in Idaho in the form of grants. Individual small businesses can receive up to $10,000 in cash grants.

“No other state in the country is putting up a larger amount from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help small businesses with cash support,” Governor Little said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. My Economic Rebound Advisory Committee, which I created last week, recommended this step to ensure a path back to prosperity and restore the trajectory we had 70 days ago.”

The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee is going to finalize the full program on Friday to ensure money is targeted towards impacted small businesses. The criteria and process to apply will be available here on May 5 at 9 a.m. MST. Applications will be accepted starting May 11.

The Idaho State Tax Commission is helping with the applications. Small businesses must create a Taxpayer Access Point account through the tax commission if they do not have one already to apply. Small businesses should create an account as soon as possible.

“I understand the need for transparency around spending public money, and that is why all recipients of the Idaho Rebound cash grants will be displayed at Transparent.Idaho.Gov,” Governor Little said. “I sincerely appreciate the collaboration we have had with State Controller Brandon Woolf in making this information publicly available. He is truly a champion of transparency in government.”