Gov. Brad Little issues statewide 21-day 'stay-home' order

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BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Idaho governor is issuing a statewide "stay-home" order. The order is asking people to only leave home to obtain essential services. Employers who do not provide essential service are being asking to do everything they can to make sure their employees can work from home.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is hosting a press conference to update Idahoans on the COVID-19 pandemic in Idaho. The press conference is being hosted at Gowen Field in Boise. (Source: KBOI)

Idaho Gov. Brad Little made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Idaho Military Division State Headquarters on Gowen Field.

The order is effective immediate. It will remain in effect for 21 days. The wording of the order will be available later Wednesday.

Essential services like medical, grocery stores, restaurants will drive-thru services will continue to provide services.

The order comes as Idaho’s more highly populated area in Ada County sees a growing number of community spread COVID-19 cases.

Little is asking people to limit discretionary travel and limit nonessential travel outside the home. If people are outside recreating, they ask that people stay 6 feet apart from non-family members.

Little signed an extreme emergency declaration, which will allow the state to take additional steps to expand the capacity of Idaho's health care system.

Businesses like bars and clubs will be among those that are to close. Restaurants are to close dining rooms, but can offer drive-thru, delivery or carry-out service. Little encouraged members of the community to patronize local businesses when they can.

The Idaho Army National Guard will be on-hand to help in civil jurisdictions as needed

Additional information about the state-at-home order will be posted on the state's coronavirus website. The site also offers a sheet answering frequently asked questions.

Watch the full press conference below.

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