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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, masks are require in most instances, especially where social distancing is not possible. In addition to this, we’re asking that you wash or sanitize your hands regularly, maintain that 6 feet of physical distance and limit gathering sizes to 10. 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 need your help to make this happen.

We are currently under the second 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.

Mindfulness in the Mountains - Winter Poster

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 2

  • Gatherings both public and private, of more than 10 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are prohibited.
  • Social distancing guidelines of 6ft remain in place
  • Long-term care facilities must require masks on the premises
  • Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs can operate with seating only and must require 6ft of separation.
  • Employers are encouraged to continue allowing employees to work remotely or to make special accommodations for in-house employees.

The Cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, & Bellevue 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
    • 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

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 | November 17, 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.

Event Cancelations & Postponements | November 17, 2020

Many of the large scale events for 2020 & 2021 have been either canceled, postponed, or modified. Please visit our calendar of events page for more information on all of the great happenings going on weekly.

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].

Holiday Safety Practices from the CDC

The fall and winter holiday season is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, make sure you’re well informed about the risks you face.

Low-Risk Activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the following Monday.
  • Watching sports events, parades and movies from home.

Moderate-Risk Activities

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community (lower your risk by following the CDC’s recommendations on gatherings).
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people can maintain physical distancing.
  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place.

High-Risk Activities

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving.
  • Participating in or being a spectator at a crowded race.
  • Attending crowded parades.
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household.

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