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What does stage 2 of Idaho's reopening plan look like?

A look at which businesses could reopen as early as Saturday, and what those businesses are being asked to do to keep employees and customers safe.

BOISE, Idaho — Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 13, 2020. On Friday, Nov. 13, Gov. Brad Little announced that Idaho would move back to Stage 2. Read more about Friday's announcement here.

Gov. Brad Little's four-stage reopening plan aims to get Idaho's economy back on track.

He's set to make an announcement on Thursday about possibly beginning the second stage of that process, which includes reopening businesses like restaurants and hair salons.

But when businesses reopen they are being urged to follow the virus safety protocols established by the state to continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Here's a look at the businesses that could reopen on Saturday - and the protocols they are expected to follow - if the governor gives the green light:


The state is asking that restaurants maintain six feet of physical distance between employees and patrons. That could mean limiting occupancy to 50% of seating capacity and limiting table to groups of six.

Restaurants are also asked to avoid using pre-set tableware. All employees are also urged to wear cloth face coverings and gloves.

Restaurant dining rooms can open once their plans have been submitted to local public health districts. It's worth noting that the plans do not have to be approved before the restaurant opens.

Hair and nail salons

Along with other "close contact services," hair and nail salons will also be allowed to open in stage two. That includes places like tattoo and massage parlors.

The state is recommending these businesses keep work stations six feet apart and provide services by appointment only.

They are also being told to consider asking clients about any symptoms they may be experiencing before each visit.

Like restaurants, close contact services are urged to limit the number of people inside and require employees to wear face coverings and gloves.


Social distancing is a big recommendation for gyms as well. The state is asking that all gyms keep exercise equipment at least six feet apart, and limit the number of people inside the building. All exercise equipment should be thoroughly disinfected after each use.

Gyms are also encouraged to ensure there is optimal ventilation inside, and to consider having some activities - like yoga classes - outside.

When does stage 2 begin?

All indications point to Gov. Little giving the go-ahead to begin stage two on Saturday. He will announce his decision during a news conference at 1 p.m. on Thursday. We will carry the governor's announcement live on KTVB.COM and on KTVB Channel 7.

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