COVID-19 Travel Notice
While Idaho currently has a small number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are taking the coronavirus threat very seriously in the Riggins area. Many businesses may close or modify hours and services we will keep you updated as this happens, Riggins city facilities are closed to the public.
On March 18, 2020, the State of Idaho adopted federal guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This includes avoiding discretionary travel.
Things to consider before travel:
Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?
Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health conditions. These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or persons of any age with severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
While visiting the area:
Continue to support local businesses
Purchase gift cards at your favorite stores to use at a later date (call or visit websites to purchase) or shop online from any local retailers who offer that service. If retailers and businesses are open, use debit or credit cards for transactions (cash and coins carry a lot of germs), don’t stop in if you are sick and as always…thank the employees who are working hard to meet the needs of our community!
Purchase only the supplies that you need
When it comes to groceries and supplies, our small communities have a limited resource. While our amazing local grocer is working to restock as soon and as often as possible, we ask that everyone only purchase what you need. Don’t stockpile supplies. Share the love and leave enough for everyone!
Many resorts and popular recreation areas are currently closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside or participate in activities. The key is to maintain social distancing while you recreate. Take a walk and enjoy the warm weather, take a hike, go fishing, and just enjoy spring in the canyon.
All travelers are encouraged to exercise healthy travel habits, including:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue then throw away the tissue.
- Clean frequently touched objects with soap and water and/or alcohol-based cleaners.
- Consult with a physician before traveling when sick.