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Sun Valley, Idaho – COVID-19 Resources & Updates

To our beloved Sun Valley area visitors and locals; we are cautiously inviting you back to join us in Sun Valley. Our business, restaurants, and hotels are more or less open with adapted protocols for operating the safest manner. Upon your return, we ask that you practice Mindfulness in the Mountains. During your visit, the cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey are require the use of a mask in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. In addition to this, we’re asking that you wash or sanitize your hands regularly and maintain that 6 feet of physical distance.

We are currently under the final stage of Idaho’s phases of reopening. Help us stay safe and abide by the current orders enacted by the State. You are our friends, family, current and future return guests and we care immensely about you.

Check out this article on the science behind wearing a mask from the University of California San Francisco

State of Idaho Phases of Opening

The following stages will rollout across the state pending that cases of COVID-19 continue to decline.

Stage 1 | May 1 – 15

  • Out of state visitors must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Non-essential travel allowed within the state but must adhere to CDC guidelines
  • Places of worship can open with strict social distancing
  • Non-essential businesses that do not fall within other restrictions may re-open with social distancing protocols

Stage 2 | May 16 – 29

  • Out of state visitors are allowed
  • Gatherings of less than 10 people are allowed with social distancing
  • Restaurants allowed to open with approval from state agencies
  • Indoor gyms may open with protocols
  • Salons may open with protocols

Stage 3 | May 30 – June 12

  • Bars & nightclubs open with distancing and limited capacities
  • Gatherings of less than 50 people are allowed with social distancing

Stage 4 | June 13 – Present

  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are allowed with social distancing
  • Large venues to open with social distancing
  • *The cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey are require the use of a mask in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

We feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment. We are here to address questions and concern regarding the current status of the Coronavirus in the Sun Valley area. If you have questions do not hesitate to email us at ([email protected]).

Best Health Practices

Our Valley is committed to increasing frequency of our best hygiene practices outlined by the CDC, as well as state and municipal governments. While you’re here, wear the required face coverings in public places, keep your distance and sanitize your hands.

The cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey are require the use of a mask in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Restaurants and businesses are offering socially distant offerings to continue to provide services.

Recreating & Camping

As we all venture out to take advantage of the outdoors during these times, we’re seeing an increase in usage of trails and campgrounds. Your favorite spots might be more crowded than you would expect. With this in mind, we’re recommending that you explore new and lesser-known areas. Check out our guide with 5 Ways to Avoid the Crowds in Sun Valley this Summer.

We’re also asking that you camp in designated areas, make sure your campfire is cool to the touch when you leave and pack out any trash you may have brought in with you.

For more details on how to stay informed, the Mindfulness in the Mountains page will keep you in the know.

Resources

Health Resources

The hospital system has an incredibly skilled team but they are limited in the resources and services they can provide during this situation. If you are exhibiting symptoms, call your primary care physician first to see if you qualify for testing. If you do not have a physician, see details below. 

St. Luke’s Hospital System

South Central Public Health District Crisis hotline: English – 208.737.1138 | Spanish – 208-737-596

Current Testing & Confirmed Cases Reporting Dashboard

Local Sun Valley & Idaho State Resources

Travel Resources

For additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly via [email protected].

Major Businesses, Services, & Activities Status | August 19th, 2020

Businesses including hotels, restaurants, bars, retails stores, and gyms have been allowed to re-open under Idaho’s phases of reopening protocols. Many entities have adapted their hours and procedures. We recommend checking in with your favorite establishments directly to know what to expect. Masks, social distancing and hand sanitization is required in public places.

In addition to the physical location openings, there are a number of businesses offering digital solutions if you’d rather have the experience remotely.

Digital Activities

Online Yoga/Workout Classes & Line Dancing

Many local entities are offering free and paid classes that can be digitally streamed. Check out the list below for what is available.

  • Gather Yoga Studio | Check out their Facebook page and website for the latest streaming classes. $13 per drop-in class or $110 for 10 classes.
  • Beth Stuart Yoga | Beth is offering some great free classes via YouTube
  • Pure Body Bliss | Check out their streaming classes that can be accessed here. Look for the Zoom classes on the calendar.
  • Blaine County Recreation District | The BCRD is offering free Zoom fitness classes and their instructors have compiled fitness resources to share with our community.  The class schedule and resources document are here.
  • Miles To Go | Online classes can be signed up for here.
  • Zenergy | Offering online classes that are temporarily free. Access them here.
  • Bigwood Golf Course | The Bigwood Golf Course is open with social distancing practices. Call 208-726-4024 for details.
  • Sun Valley Golf Courses | All 45 holes at Sun Valley are currently open. Tee times will be every 20 minutes and must be made by calling in advance. The Elkhorn Club will be open as of May 1st to members only.
  • The YMCA | A great selection of online classes to stream can be found here. They are open and offering
  • Sun Valley Wellness | The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is supporting the wellness community, organizations, and individuals who are taking their offerings online and bringing together the collective offerings of wellness under one umbrella. More information can be found here.
  • Ketchum Tennis Courts| The Ketchum city tennis courts will be open with social distancing requirements.

Arts

There are a number of arts-based entities in town providing access to a variety of tutorials, projects, artist insights and more.

  • Sun Valley Museum of Arts | A great collection of art activities and art therapy can be found here. They are currently open.
  • Gail Severn Gallery | Listen and watch their videos featuring artist profiles that have been or are current exhibitors in the gallery here.

Services

Mountain Rides Bus Service | Bus service continues to operate as an essential service.

Airport | The Friedman Memorial Airport currently remains open with nonstop flights from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Denver. More information on flights and airport operating procedures can be found here.

Hospitals | St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center (Ketchum) & St. Luke’s Clinic (Hailey)

St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center is open with modified services. In support of a safe environment for their patients and caregivers, effective immediately we will be temporarily suspending normal operations at St. Luke’s Wood River.

  • The Emergency Department will remain operational, with all admissions transferring to an appropriate facility.
  • Surgical and OB staff are on-call to perform emergent procedures. All non-emergent and elective procedures are being postponed.
  • Services at our clinics within the community will also be temporarily suspended. We are reaching out to patients who currently have non-emergent appointments scheduled to convert these to a telehealth option, or to postpone them.
  • The COVID-19 drive-through screening and sample collection tent for patients exhibiting symptoms will remain operational from 10:00am – 6:00pm daily. Patients will be able to stay in their cars for screening, registration and, if needed, specimen collection.
  • The Walk-In Clinic adjacent to the medical center will be open daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

They are working with our patients and their families to transfer or discharge currently admitted patients as medically appropriate. Additionally, they are working with local first responders and other healthcare providers in the area to divert new inpatient admissions.

St. Luke’s Clinic (Hailey) remain open. Please check their websites for up to date information on visiting protocols.

Local Food Alliance | These folks are dialed on the local food offerings currently available.

Grocery Stores & Pharmacies

  • Apothecary | Currently open and offering free deliveries in Ketchum & Sun Valley
  • Atkinson’s | Currently open with abbreviated hours from 7am – 8pm and offering delivery when possible
  • Albertsons | Currently open and offering online ordering. They are open with abbreviated hours from 7am – 8pm. The elderly and at risk individuals are encourage to shop Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7am – 9am. If you do not fall within this category, please come another time.
  • Chateau Drug | Currently open
  • Natural Grocers | Currently open
  • Nourish Me | Currently open for curbside pick-up and delivery for $25 fee. Call 208-928-7604 to order and pay by phone.
  • Village Market | Currently open 7am – 10pm

Major Closures & Cancellations | August 19th, 2020

Air Service Changes

A significant reduction in flights to/from Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Sun Valley.

  • Seattle >> Sun Valley | Alaska Airlines | June 25th, 2020
  • San Francisco >> Sun Valley | United | July 11th, 2020
  • Los Angeles >> Sun Valley | United | June 25th, 2020
  • Denver >> Sun Valley | United | June 20th, 2020

For the full list of flights in to Sun Valley, head here.

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Resort | The Sun Valley Resort continues to open their various operations in stages. As of June 30th, the following operations are available:

  • All golf courses including the 18-hole putt-putt course
  • The spa
  • The pools – reservations required
  • Ice skating
  • Bowling
  • Gondola for foot traffic and sightseeing. Mountain biking lift-service will not be offered this summer.
  • Lake rentals
  • Horseback riding
  • Tennis facility
  • Konditorei restaurant
  • Village Station restaurant
  • Trail Creek restaurant for Wednesday evening BBQ’s
  • Gretchen’s
  • Duchin Lounge
  • The Ram bar
  • The Sun Valley Clubhouse
  • The Elkhorn Clubhouse Grille
  • The Roundhouse restaurant

Lift operations are running for hikers, sightseers, Yoga On the Mountain, and to serve the Roundhouse. Lift-assisted mountain biking will not be offered this summer.

Hotels

Hotels in the area are mostly open. Out of state visitors are now allowed enter. We recommend that you check in with each property to review their protocols.

Current Hotels Open

Additional lodging properties can be found here.

Recreation

Sawtooth National Recreation Area | The Sawtooth National Forest has opened most of their campgrounds. Information can be found here. Dispersed camping is still allowed. Many of the trails and campgrounds and trails are seeing overcrowding. We recommend exploring the lesser-known spots to maximize your experience. More details here.

Blaine County Recreation District | The trails managed by the BCRD are open along with their gym and other offerings and programming. The Aquatic Center will be closed for the summer. More details can be found here.

Galena Lodge | Galena Lodge is open for the summer. More information found here.

Fly Fishing & Hunting | The fishing season is once again open for anglers. Many restrictions have been place on out of state hunters and anglers. Check in with Idaho Fish & Game for current regulations.

Kids Programming

The vast majority of kids programming has been adapted for the summer. The Mountain Express has put together an extensive list of offerings that can be found here.

Businesses

Bellevue, Hailey & the Community Library | All Valley libraries will be closed until further notice. The Community Library is offering curbside pick-up and a collection of other great online offerings.

Visit Sun Valley Visitor Center | We are open for business. We ask that you wear a mask and sanitize your hand upon entering. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Visitors will be able to access information and ask questions in several ways:

Social platforms: 

Events

Sun Valley Summer Music Festival | The Sun Valley Music Festival is going online this summer and work is underway to create an entirely new season of music. Concert dates remain the same; broadcasts will take place live, on the Festival website July 27-Aug. 19 on evenings currently scheduled for a performance. The Festival’s Music Institute summer education programs will also be delivered online. This transformation will allow musicians to make music, faculty to teach, students to learn, and audiences to enjoy music all while accommodating guidelines for health and safety that may be in place in July and August, as well as personal preferences for attending. 

Wood River Studio Tour | The Wood River Studio Tour has announced that they have canceled their 2020 event. The press release can be found here.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival | The Wellness Festival has been rescheduled and reformatted with a virtual experience for August 21-24, 2020

Ballet Sun Valley | The summer performance orchestrated by Ballet Sun Valley has been canceled. They will however offer an educational program August 23rd & 25th.

Wagon Days | The longstanding wagon train festivities is unfortunately canceled for 2020.

Trailing of the Sheep | Due to the close nature of Trailing of the Sheep and the impacts of COVID-19, the event has been canceled.

Jazz Festival | In an effort to protect attendees from the spread of COVID-19, the Jazz Festival has chosen to cancel their 2020 event.

Please visit our calendar of events page for more information.

Local Business & Resident Resources

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