Idaho’s governor announced Tuesday that the state is moving into Phase 3 of its pandemic recovery plan, relaxing some of its economic restrictions.
“The gathering size limitation will increase from 10 to 50 people,” Gov. Brad Little said in an address to the state Tuesday.
Bars and restaurants can operate, but only with regular table seating. People interested in holding large events must first get permission from the local health department, unless they are political or religious in nature.
“We have seen a dramatic drop in cases in the state,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn. “People are wearing their masks. People are social distancing. I think people are really trying, and I think it’s paying off.”
Idaho reverted to Phase 2 of its restriction plan in November after new Covid-19 case numbers reached record levels.