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On March 25, Governor Brad Little announced a statewide stay–home order for all of Idaho and signed an extreme emergency declaration. You can find the full text of the order, answers to frequently asked questions, and other official guidance and resources on the State’s official coronavirus website: coronavirus.idaho.gov. The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until at least 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020.
Here is what the order requires of BYU-Idaho students and employees in Idaho:
- You must self-isolate in your home until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020. At that time, the order will either be lifted or extended, so this is not a guaranteed end date.
- All travel is prohibited, including but not limited to, travel on scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except essential travel and essential activities as defined in the order.
- You may not host or participate in public or private gatherings regardless of the number of people involved, except as specifically permitted by the order. Gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are not permitted.
- You may only participate in individual outdoor activities near your home, and only if you comply with six-foot social distancing requirements. Outdoor group activities are prohibited and social distancing requirements are in all public and private outdoor spaces.
- Failure to comply with the order may be punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
- If you have questions about what is or isn’t permitted by the order, we encourage you to visit the State’s FAQ page.
Here is what BYU-Idaho is doing in accordance with the order:
- Essential campus facilities and services will remain open.
- Health Center
- Counseling Center (online only)
- Crossroads (limited options available for pick-up only at the MC Catering east door from 11-2 and 4-6)
- Public Safety
- BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC), Financial Aid, Advising, Career Services, and other students services are accessible via phone, email, and online
- All non-essential facilities and services have closed.
- Winter and Spring Semester courses are being held remotely and online.
- BYU-Idaho employees are instructed to work from home. Requests for exceptions will be handled by line management.
Consistent with the order, and in support of actions and guidance from governing bodies (e.g. Federal Government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health authorities, etc.), we urge the following:
- If you are currently living away from Rexburg, do not return. BYU-Idaho employees are working diligently to develop and deliver all current and Spring Semester academic courses and other services you will need for success remotely.
- If you are currently in Rexburg, and choose to stay in Rexburg, please do not travel. Remember, Idaho’s state-wide stay-home order prohibits all non-essential travel.
- Consolidate trips to grocery stores, gas stations, healthcare services, pharmacies, and other essential facilities.
- Respect social distancing guidelines and avoid gathering in groups.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect surfaces and items that you frequently use.
- Contact your local public health authority for guidance if you’ve experienced one of the following:
- Recently returned from travel to an area with community COVID-19 transmission
- Been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- Had close contact with a household member who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Seek medical treatment by phone first if you experience the following symptoms:
- Breathing difficulty
With current COVID-19 restrictions, attending BYU-Idaho will be very different. We should not expect the same experience and in-person social interactions we’ve previously enjoyed. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves and others. There are many at-risk individuals that need all of us to be good citizens.