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City of Bonners Ferry personnel have received calls and questions about businesses that were not included in the Stage One Rebound Plan that have reportedly been violating or may be in violation of the staged reopening outlined by the governor.

Stage Two, the stage at which restaurants and beauty salons can open with approved safety protocols in place, is set to go into effect on May 16.

Bars and nightclubs open in Stage Four, which is set to go into effect on June 13.

"The city understands the difficulty of the current conditions related to the economy and the transition back to a robust and vibrant community," Mayor Dick Staples said. "We want to thank our community for the patience and vigilance as we work toward this goal together."

In light of this, city staff has sought guidance from various regulatory agencies regarding reported issues, including Panhandle Health District, Idaho State Alcohol Beverage Control Division of the Idaho State Police, and Idaho State Division of Occupational & Professional Licenses.

Each agency reports that investigations could lead to potential loss of the business’s license and/or a citation, even after the respective staged opening has come and gone.

The City strongly encourages continued compliance with the Rebound Plan. The staged reopening is intended to allow for safe reopening of the economy and the equal opportunity of businesses of the same type to open at the same time, thereby not creating an advantage or disadvantage to any one business over another.

We thank the businesses who continue to follow the Governor’s order and we ask for your business’s continued compliance as we move toward a full and open economy.

(1) comment

Didi

I read today about the cash grants being offered to qualifying small businesses in Idaho. A grant is a gift of money, not a loan. The Governor's office has posted information about the grants here: https://rebound.idaho.gov/idaho-rebound-cash-grants-for-small-businesses/

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