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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 open with adapted protocols for operating in 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 require the use of a mask indoors and 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 want to stay open, we want to continue to have experiences that we so cherish and we want to have some semblance of normalcy throughout the current world we’re living in.

We are currently under the third of four phases of reopening for the state of Idaho. Help us stay safe and abide by the current orders enacted by the State. With the change of seasons in effect and the risks for increased infections on the rise, we must remember to stay steadfast in our health practices. Help us to stay open and protect everyone. 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

Sun Valley Area COVID-19 Status

For the latest updates on the status of COVID-19 in the Sun Valley area including Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue & beyond, please review the following resources from the St. Luke’s Wood River Hospital and the Blaine County Risk Assessment reports.

State of Idaho & Sun Valley Area Health Mandates & Ordinances

Below are mandates and requirements implemented by the state of Idaho and the municipalities and counties within the Sun Valley area. These requirements will stay in place until COVID-19 shows signs of declining.

State of Idaho Restrictions – Stage 4

  • Indoor gatherings must be limited to 50 people or less
  • Outdoor gatherings must remain at 25% capacity or less
  • Social distancing guidelines remain in place
  • Long-term care facilities must require masks on the premises
  • Seating-only at nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Nightclubs can only operate as bars
  • Employers are encouraged to continue allowing employees to work remotely or to make special accommodations for in-house employees

The Cities of Hailey & Ketchum Health Orders

  • All people in public are required to wear face masks
    • Anyone who has expressed an exemption is required to wear a face shield
  • Group sizes are limited to 10 people inside and limited to 50 people outside
    • Exceptions for indoor limits include; grocery stores, schools, sporting and healthcare facilities
  • 6 feet of separation is required
  • Each person is required to have 64 sq ft of space indoors

The City of Sun Valley & Bellevue

  • Face masks are required in public places where social distancing is not possible.
  • Face masks are required indoors
  • Social distancing with 6 feet of space is required

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

As we all venture out to take advantage of the outdoors during these times, we’re seeing an increase in usage of in outdoor recreation. Many users are new to activities and we highly recommend educating yourself and others on how to enjoy these experiences safely and while abiding to the rules of the various recreational outlets. Stay kind and help educate those that may not be aware of the general etiquette and procedures. For more details on how to stay informed, the Mindfulness in the Mountains page will keep you in the know. #RecreateResponsibly

Powder Skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho

The Sun Valley Resort will be open this winter and will not require reservations to ski/ride for the 2020/2021 season. They will once again be a part of the Epic Pass partnership and are excited to unveil a 380 acre terrain expansion complete with a new chairlift.

Recreating Resources

Traveling

Fall & Winter Air Service

The Sun Valley Airport (Friedman Memorial) will offer nonstop flights from Seattle & Salt Lake City this fall. This winter there will be nonstop flights from from 6 major cities this winter including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago.

Safe Traveling
  • Seattle >> Sun Valley | Alaska Airlines |Currently flying
  • San Francisco >> Sun Valley | United | December 17 – March 27
  • Los Angeles >> Sun Valley | United & Delta | December 17 – March 27
  • Salt Lake City >> Sun Valley | Delta | Currently flying
  • Denver >> Sun Valley | United |December 17 – March 27
  • Chicago >> Sun Valley | United | December 17 – March 27

For more information including full flight schedules, head to our Getting Here Page.

Travel Resources

Major Businesses Statuses | October 14, 2020

Many entities have adapted their hours and procedures and 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.

Fall restaurant hours of operation can be found here. These are subject to change and we recommend double checking with the establishment. Reservations are highly recommended where possible. Lastly, if you’re looking for takeout offerings, be sure to check out 5B Flavor.

Halloween Health Safety

It’s a full moon and a Saturday! Yay! And it’s in a pandemic! Boo! But don’t let that scare off your Halloween fun completely. There are ways to celebrate while still preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your family.

Halloween Safety
  • Remember the 3 W’s: wash your hands, wear your mask, watch your distance.
  • Stick to small groups, preferably just family. Ask kids to stay as far away from people outside yourhousehold and to wear their mask inside and outside.
  • Do not use a costume mask as a substitute for a protective cloth mask unless it’s made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. This can be dangerous, making it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • If sick or exposed to the virus, stay home, isolate and do not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
  • Any gathering should follow CDC guidelines and be appropriate for the level of spread in the community.

Lower-Risk Activities

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins indoors with members of your household or outdoors, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends. Display for all to enjoy!
  • Decorating your house, apartment or living space.
  • Having a scavenger hunt in and around your house or throughout neighborhood while distancing.
  • Having a virtual costume contest or party.
  • Enjoying a movie night with people you live with.
  • Learning about other cultures’ celebrations, such as Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
  • Making a pinata and filling it with candy for your kids to swing at (maybe they’ll let you swing, too!).
  • Making and decorating spooky treats/sweets.

Moderate-Risk Activities

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or edge of a yard).
  • Going to an outdoor costume parade or party – small group.
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest or an outdoor Halloween movie night withlocal family friends. If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards.

Higher-Risk Activities – AVOID!Avoid these activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.
  • Trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in parking lots.
  • Crowded costume parties held indoors.
  • Indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.
  • Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.
  • Traveling to a fall festival outside your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19.

Making Trick-or-Treating Safer

  • Establish ground rules ahead of time.
  • Don’t let kids dig around a candy bowl, touching multiple pieces. Ask them to choose one and stick with it.
  • Don’t share or pass around props, toys, costumes or candy bowls. Ask each child to hold onto their own candy bag.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and practice not touching your face.
  • Take a break, do a check-in, and give kids hand sanitizer between multiple homes. This is an opportunityto remove masks with clean hands, in a safe spot away from others.
  • Put bowl out on sidewalk or end of porch or make individual goodie bags for trick-or-treaters to take. Stay on porch to see trick-or-treaters.
  • At the end of the night, disinfect any doorknobs, doorbells, buzzers or other high-touch surfaces outside your home.
  • Put most of the candy away for the first three days that it’s in your home. Maybe buy some candy ahead of time while you allow time to pass.

Event Cancelations & Postponements | October 14, 2020

Many of the large scale events for 2020 & 2021 have been either canceled or postponed. Below is the latest information available on the major events for the area. Please visit our calendar of events page for more information on all of the great happenings going on weekly.

  • 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.

General 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. 

Don’t forget that now is the time to get your flu shot!

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

Local Business & Resident Resources

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

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