Any business, school, organization or agency with news of a COVID-19 related closure or postponement in Lincoln County, Montana, Boundary County Idaho or the Kootenay Region of British Columbia is encouraged to message notices here, email them to mikew@kootenaivalleytimes.com or call (208) 295-1016 so we can help spread the word. This page is updated often; please refresh to ensure you have the latest announcements.

Confirmed closures/cancellations

  • March 12: Effective immediately, all Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints services are temporarily suspended worldwide until further notice per the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • March 15: Bonners Ferry United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, all services cancelled.
  • March 16: All Boundary County Parks & Rec activities are cancelled until further notice..
  • March 16: All Boundary County 4-H activities and meetings are cancelled.
  • March 16: Coeur d'Alene public schools closed.
  • March 16: All Montana K-12 public schools closed through April 10 by order of the governor.
  • March 16: All Idaho High School Athletic Association-sanction school sports have been canceled for the school year.
  • March 16: The Pearl Theater is closed until further notice.
  • March 16: Cornerstone Christian School closed through April 5.
  • March 17: Cornerstone Christian School, Bonners Ferry, will be closed due to COVID-19.
  • March 17: Public Catholic Mass in Diocese of Boise cancelled until further notice.
  • March 17: Until further notice, all future Panhandle Health District WIC appointments will be conducted via phone. WIC staff will be contacting you about your future appointment. WIC benefits will be issued uninterrupted. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your local agency
  • March 17: Boundary County Historical Society and Museum closed until further notice.
  • March 18: Boundary County School District 101 schools soft closed through the end of the school year.
  • March 18: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boundary County Veterans Service Officer Ron Self will be working remotely until further notice and the Boundary County Veterans Service Office, 6635 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry, will be closed. Boundary County veterans can call Self at (208) 255-8882.
  • March 19: University of Idaho announced today that classes will be administered remotely for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and that all events, including statewide Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, have been canceled.
  • March 19: Visitor centers at Idaho State Parks shut down today as a precautionary measure to limit propagation of the novel coronavirus – but the parks will remain open to the public.
  • March 19: The Montana 19th Judicial District Court, Libby, has issued notice of temporary restrictions due to COVID-19, effective through May 1. Read more at https://www.kootenaivalleytimes.com/lincoln/lincoln-county-court-enacts-precautionary-measures/article_baeb68dc-6a22-11ea-a957-5f61ba10c4d6.html.
  • March 19: Kootenai River Brewing Company, Bonners Ferry, has closed until further notice.
  • March 19: Mountain West Bank, Bonners Ferry, has closed their lobby; services offered at ATM or drive-in window only.
  • March 20: All Boundary County offices are restricting access until further notices. Parks are open as is the landfill. Read more at https://www.kootenaivalleytimes.com/boundary/boundary-county-offices-shut-down/article_8f18ee1a-6a44-11ea-9e86-7b63eb52259e.html.
  • March 20: The Kootenai River Inn will close its casino rooms at midnight, Saturday, March 21. The Springs Restaurant and Lounge will close for dine in service at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. To-go orders will be available. The Kootenai Spa will also close at 6 p.m. Saturday and the pool and fitness center is now closed. The closures are effective through April 3. Hotel rooms are remaining open to accommodate travelers.
  • March 20: Northern Lights has closed its offices until further notice. Members are encouraged to make payments online, through the SmartHub app, by phone, mail or using the drop box in front of our building. For new service applications, documents will need to be e-mailed to newservices@nli.coop or faxed to 208-263-0220. Please contact 800-326-9594 or info@nli.coop with any questions.
  • March 21: Bonners Ferry Farmers Market vendor meeting postponed until Saturday, April 11.
  • March 21: Until further notice, Bonners Ferry Safeway, 6519 Main Street, will close one hour earlier each night to allow restocking. Safeway will now be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call (208) 267-1650.
  • March 22: Bonners Ferry United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, all services cancelled.
  • March 23: Community Action Partnership offices, including the Bonners Ferry office at 6665 Main Street, is suspending walk-in traffic effective Monday, March 23. Read more at https://www.kootenaivalleytimes.com/boundary/community-action-partnership-suspends-walk-in-services/article_c41501cc-6a34-11ea-8df2-c7b93eed72bc.html.
  • March 23: The Bonners Ferry Wells Fargo lobby will be closed except by appointment. The drive-thru will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, call (208) 267-7515.
  • March 23: AutoZone, 6365 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, will close at 6:30 p.m. daily until further notice. To learn more, call (208) 267-9698.
  • March 23: In an effort to decrease their clients' exposure, Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic has implemented a closed-lobby policy. Read more here.
  • March 23: E.L. Internet Northwest has temporarily closed its lobby to the public. They will still be helping customers via phone and email with our regular business hours. To learn more, call (208) 946-4147.
  • March 23: Dr. Mark Beazer, DDS, 6466 Main Street, Bonners Ferry are only seeing emergency dental patients at this time. If you have a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to call (208) 267-7571 or (208) 610-3667.
  • March 23: The Town of Creston has closed all playgrounds. Signage will be displayed at each site and playgrounds will be closed off to discourage use until further notice. This also applies to outdoor exercise equipment.
  • March 24: Monday 6:30 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meeting at Boundary Community Hospital is cancelled until further notice.
  • March 24: Bonners Ferry Senior Hospitality Center is closed for congregate meals until April 10 or such time as the COVID-19 issues abate.
  • March 24: The Springs Restaurant at the Kootenai River Inn, Bonners Ferry, is open for carry out and curbside delivery only. To place an order or learn more, call (208) 267-8511.
  • March 24: Insure It All, Bonners Ferry, is closed to the public but conducting business by phone and e-mail during normal business hours. To learn more, call (208) 267-5621.
  • March 24: Boundary County Road & Bridge is available by phone at (208) 267-3838 from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and via email rnelson@boundarycountyid.org, and can email or text permits as needed. Please don’t hesitate to call with questions or concerns. With us all working together we will get through this trying time.
  • March 24: The City of Bonners Ferry has directed that all restaurants and bars within city limits must be take out-only by 5 p.m. Thursday, and remain so until at least April 17.
  • March 26: The main Boundary County Landfill, 611 Hillcrest Road, Bonners Ferry, is remaining open through the Covid-19 crisis, but the remote sites will be shut down at the close of business Saturday, March 28. The main landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call (208) 267-3812.
  • March 27: The Best Western Edgewater Hotel, Sandpoint, is closed through April 30.
  • March 30: Farmers Insurance, 6476 Main Street, Bonners Ferry is closed except by appointment until further notice. Sally Hendricks-Bauer can tend to most of your business over the phone, so please call her office at (208) 267-2644 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Fridays. The 1-800-FARMERS line is available 24/7 and FARMERS.com is available to clients to make payments, changes or print documents.
  • March 30: Mountain Springs Church, Bonners Ferry, has cancelled services as well as all events; Youth Group, Early Learning Academy, etc., until further notice.
  • April 2: Bonner's Bottom Dollar, 6606 South Main, is open, as is Bonners Ferry's U-Haul, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To learn more, stop in or call (208) 278-2300.
  • April 3: The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority has closed the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area to the public until further notice to protect visitors and staff and to slow the transmission of COVID-19.
  • April 13: Oriental Garden, 6231 Main Street, Bonners Ferry will open for takeout only starting Tuesday, April 14. She'll be there from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday ... Oriental Garden is closed Monday. To place a take out order, call (208) 267-8000.
  • April 25: Idaho Press Club awards banquet, canceled
  • April 25: Bonners Ferry Distinguished Young Women program, postponed until further notice.
  • April 25: North Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame banquet canceled.
  • May 3: Bloomsday 2020 postponed to September 20.
  • May 14: The 2020 Idaho State Forestry Contest is cancelled.
  • May 15-18: Creston's Blossom Festival 2020 and all other associated events canceled.

Publisher

Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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