At a press conference Thursday afternoon Governor Brad Little said, "Today I am pleased to announce that we have met the criteria to enter stage three of our "Idaho Rebounds" plan to safely and responsibly open our economy."
On Saturday the state will officially enter stage three which means bars may reopen as long as they take safety precautions.
It also means not all Idaho-bound travelers need to quarantine. Governor Little said, "Only out-of-state travelers from high-spread areas should self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Idaho."
This relaxing of travel restrictions comes as the summer tourism season begins. Governor Little explained, "This will help our vital tourism and hospitality industry while protecting our citizens."
Group gatherings larger than 10 people may begin to take place as well in this stage. Governor Little expanded, "Gathering of up to 50 people can occur where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed."
Stage three will now also allow for some extra entertainment opportunities that were originally scheduled for stage four Governor Little announced saying, "After consultation with movie theater operators and our public health team, we decided to move up the opening of movie theaters by two weeks."
As the state continues to reopen the economy the governor asks Idahoans to continue practicing safe health precautions.
He also credits them for the state opening on time saying, "Due to the sacrifices Idahoans have made in the past two months, and the care they have shown for their neighbors, I'm hopeful that we have passed the worst of COVID-19 in our state."
Visits to assisted living centers are still prohibited in stage three and the governor asks all Idahoans (especially those at high risk) to continue using safety precautions against the virus.