Idaho details protocols for youth activities, places of worship and childcare in first stage of COVID-19 reopening | Coronavirus

Idaho health officials have established protocols for youth activities, worship and child care as part of the first stage of reopening the state’s plan.

Step 1 for Idaho Rebounds approach is scheduled for May 1-15 involving most of the remaining restrictions in the state, but it allows for the reopening of daycares, youth activities and places of worship under specific guidelines.

Idaho officials say youth organizations should use the following protocols as they prepare to offer activities on May Day:

  • Maintain physical distance
  • Reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 among leaders and young families
  • Work with public health to be notified in the event that a participant or leader develops COVID-19 or may have been contagious to others
  • Make plans to provide adequate hand hygiene and sanitation

Places of worship should use the following protocols when preparing to offer activities on May 1:

  • Identify how they will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet
  • Identify how they will provide adequate sanitation, personal hygiene
  • Consider modifying specific rites, rituals and religious services while consulting with public health officials as needed
  • Identify strategies for treating sick staff and volunteers
  • Develop and provide alternative ways to keep in touch with congregants and offer remote services to those who cannot attend

The center should use the following protocols when preparing to offer activities on May 1:

  • Review CDC guidelines for schools and child care programs
  • Develop plans for staff/child safety and limit spread
  • Protect staff, children and families from the spread of COVID-19
  • Identify how the daycare will ensure sanitation and personal hygiene for staff and children.

Other current non-essential businesses remain closed, but can now develop reopening plans and the ability to meet Stage 2 opening protocols.

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