Press Release from Valley County
Valley County extends travel advisory to May 15
Cascade, Idaho (April 7, 2020) — The Valley County Board of Commissioners extended their plea to the general public to not visit Valley County in line with the Governor’s Stay-Home Order, issued March 25, 2020, prohibiting all nonessential travel. Last week, commissioners signed a letter temporarily closing all short-term rentals, hotels/motels and RV parks in Valley County through April 15, 2020, excluding rentals to persons providing essential services or for quarantine purposes. On Monday that temporary closure was extended to May 15, 2020.
Despite last week’s order, many short-term rentals are still in use and visitors continue to seek out recreation in Valley County. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office and Valley County Commissioners have received numerous calls and emails citing violations of the temporary closure. “Our focus has been on educating the public about these new policies, rather than issuing citations,” Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen says. That will change, however, as the closures enter their second week. Those found in violation may be subject to a misdemeanor.
“We are listening to our healthcare providers and doing our best to protect these frontline responders,” Elting Hasbrouck, Valley County Board of Commissioners Chairman, says. He says while it is difficult to ask the public to stay away when so much of the local economy depends on tourism, they need to protect Valley County residents and limited healthcare resources.
Two areas of concern are workers in fields deemed essential by the state’s stay-home order traveling with their families to Valley County to work and snowbirds returning home for the summer. “It is imperative that we limit the exposure opportunities within our community,” Hasbrouck says. Commissioners are asking that essential workers travel alone and maintain social distancing while completing work in the area. Similarly, retirees returning home to Valley County are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Valley County Board of Commissioners is also asking all Valley County residents to not travel outside of the county. Valley County employees who have left the county will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to work, using their own vacation time. “We all have to do our part,” Hasbrouck says. “The sooner we can get through this crisis, the sooner we can get back to business.”
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page
Idaho Gov’s Stay at Home Order