VICTOR, Ida. — The Victor City Council unanimously repealed two COVID-19 emergency ordinances relating to travel and tourism during a special City Council meeting held this morning.
Emergency Ordinance O565 required a 14-day self-quarantine for those coming from outside of the region for non-essential reasons and Emergency Ordinance O566 placed limitations on non-essential hotel and short term rental stays.
The decision to lift the ordinances was made in an effort for the City to continue to align its pandemic response with the State of Idaho Rebounds Plan. Stage 2 of the State of Idaho Rebounds Plan commenced May 16. With it, the state lifted its requirement for a 14-day self-quarantine for those entering Idaho from out of state communities with no or low-level COVID-19 spread. This provision was originally scheduled to expire under Stage 4 of the plan, tentatively on May 30. The City’s travel and tourism-related emergency ordinances were also originally scheduled to expire at the end of May.
Although the State is advancing to Stage 2 of its four-stage plan to reopen Idaho’s economy, and the City of Victor is taking similar measures that align with Stage 2, it is important that citizens continue to practice thorough and frequent hand washing, stay home when sick, wear face masks in public, continue physical distancing while in groups of no more than 10 people, and minimize non-essential travel.
“Our community has been intentional in doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the point that our economy is beginning to open back up and we are seeing signs of what was normal. However, we are not out of the woods yet,” said Mayor Will Frohlich. “We must all continue to abide by the personal safety precautions in place so that we can stay on this positive trajectory.”
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