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Sun Valley, Idaho – COVID-19 Resources & Updates

To our beloved Sun Valley area visitors and locals; at this time we ask that you please abide by the current isolation orders enacted by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. You are our friends, family, current and future return guests and we care immensely about you. We need your help to beat this so that we can all get back to enjoying this place for all that is has to offer. See below for the Self Isolate Orders.

**April 6 | Self Isolate Order Effective Until April 13, 2020**

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare has issued a Self Isolate Order for Blaine County pertaining to all individuals living in Blaine County, all cities within Blaine County, and all unincorporated areas of Blaine County. What this means:

Self-isolate at their place of residence expect that they may leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential business and government services.

Exempting individuals experiencing homelessness from the self-isolation order but urging them to find shelter and government agencies to provide it.

Directing all businesses and governmental agencies to cease nonessential operations at physical location in Blaine County.

Prohibiting all non-essential gathering of any number of individuals.

Ordering cessation of all non-essential travel.

Hotels and short-term rentals may not offer lodging to non-residents of Blaine County, except lodging may be provided to health care workers or those performing essential government functions.

Blaine County residents returning home from out of state travel must self isolate at home for 14 days upon their return. Visitors from out of state coming to Blaine County must also self-isolate for 14 days. 

Travel outside of Blaine County to obtain items otherwise available in the County is prohibited.

Gatherings of non-related individuals inside homes are prohibited.

**Additional Restrictions | March 30, 2020 – April 13, 2020**

Construction of housing and commercial projects must cease operations.

Plumbers, electricians and other trades can only perform work that is immediate and essential.

Landscaping and other residential service providers must cease operations.

Hotels and short-term rentals may not offer lodging to non-residents of Blaine County, except lodging may be provided to health care workers or those performing essential government functions. 

Blaine County residents returning home from out of state travel must self quarantine at home for 14 days upon their return. Visitors from out of state coming to Blaine County must also self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Travel outside of Blaine County to obtain items otherwise available in the County is prohibited. Any businesses permitted to operate under the Mar. 25, 2020 IDHW Order, shall comply with the social distancing requirements.

Any violation of the Ketchum Order, or the Mar. 25, 2020 IDHW Order, shall be a misdemeanor

This order commences at 11:59 pm on March 20, 2020 and will continue to be effective until 11:59 pm on April 13, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended by the director.

Información de COVID-19 en español

Los residentes que hablan español pueden contactar el Distrito Central de la Salud llamando al 208-737-5965 para recibir más información sobre el COVID-19, así como los síntomas, pruebas, medidas preventivas, y referencias a otras fuentes de información.

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

Visit Sun Valley is currently communicating with the business community the recommendations that our local health & emergency services organizations are stating.  We are in constant communication with these organizations and when information is updated or changed, we will communicate that ASAP to all stakeholders and visitors via all appropriate communications channels. It is up to each business to make the right decision for their particular situation and all we can do is act as the conduit and resource to provide the best most up to date info that we have.

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]).

March 19th | Emergency Declaration from the City of Ketchum

On Wednesday, Mar. 18, Mayor Neil Bradshaw approved a disaster declaration, finding that a local disaster emergency exists in the City of Ketchum.  

The declaration will be in effect for 7 days unless extended by the City Council.

“By making a disaster emergency declaration, we are adding another tool into our disaster toolbox,” said Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “This tool will allow us to access funding that would otherwise be unavailable to us.”

“This ordinance is not meant to alarm the community,” said Bradshaw. “We are taking all necessary steps to be prepared for future decisions. The most important task at hand right now is to do whatever we can to protect our citizens.”

Other Notes

  • Our Valley is committed to increasing frequency of our best hygiene practices.
  • Restaurants and businesses have closed for the time being.
  • St. Luke’s Hospital 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 Wood River Family Medicine in Hailey, M- F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact 208-788-3434
    • Center for Community Health for non-medical evaluations and questions such as assistance in finding a primary care provider and accessing other local resources such as mental health and social services. M- F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., contact 208-727-8733
    • If you need to call after hours, contact 208-381-9000 
    • Idaho Care Line: Call the hotline at 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588

Below, you will find several resource links for those looking to dig into more information. 

Resources

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 Still Open | April 6th, 2020

At this time all For those of you that are still in town, we urge you to continue to support the local businesses in any way that you can. Order takeout, buy a gift certificate, or rebook your adventure/hotel to help these entities survive this downturn.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for below, we have compiled a complete list of what is and isn’t open that can be found here.

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.

  • The Mill SV | While The Mill SV is closed at this time, they are offering virtual workout sessions 4 days a week at 8am. To stream the classes, head here. For more information, visit their Instagram page.
  • 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.
  • Miles To Go | Online classes can be signed up for here.
  • Zenergy | Offering online classes that are temporarily free. Access them here.
  • The Mint | Streaming 1hr line dancing sessions every Wednesday night at 6pm MST

Services

Mountain Rides Bus Service | At this time, the bus service will continue to operate for essential services.

Airport | The Friedman Memorial Airport currently remains open

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 – 7pm 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 – 9pm

Major Closures & Cancellations | April 6th, 2020

Air Service Changes

A significant reduction in flights to/from Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Sun Valley, including cancellations of nonstop flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, via United is planned for the remainder of March. United will notify passengers booked on the canceled flights and assist in re-accommodating them. 

United Cancellations | March 21 – 29

  • Daily San Francisco (SFO) flights
  • Daily Los Angeles (LAX) flights
  • Saturday Chicago (ORD) flights

United has announced that the Denver (DEN) flights through March 29 are cancelled. However, they are evaluating the flight on a day by day basis. Best to call United for details: 1-800-864-8331

Delta Air Lines will operate one daily flight to Salt Lake City (SLC) for the spring season, March 30 – June 7, 2020.

Alaska Airlines daily service to Seattle (SEA) has ended for the season. It is currently scheduled to restart on May 21, 2020.

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Ski Resort | The Sun Valley Ski Resort has announced that it will close for the remainder of the 2019-20 winter season. This decision has been made proactively for the safety and interest of our employees, guests and communities.

Effective March 16, 2020, all mountain operations at both resorts will close. This includes lift operations, ski school, dining outlets, retail and rental services. In Sun Valley, village operations includes the following:

  • Sun Valley Inn – closed
  • Spa & Fitness Center – closed
  • Ice Rink – closed
  • Bowling Alley – closed
  • Opera House – closed
  • Nordic Center & Pro shop – closed
  • Dining establishments: All restaurants and shops are currently closed to in-store/restaurant visits.

All winter lift tickets, lessons, or rentals that were purchased online and dated March 16, 2020, or later will be refunded automatically within 14 business days. If you have questions or concerns please contact them at:
Sun Valley 888-490-5950 | lift tickets @sunvalley.com
More information can be found here.

The resort has also cancelled the following events & gatherings: Kinder Cup, Easter Egg Hunt, Dollar Days, Baldy Bash, Apres Ski Concerts and more. Additional information can be found here.

Hotels

It is our understanding that all hotels throughout Blaine County will be closed to any new visitors

Knob Hill Inn | Currently closed tentatively until May 1st. More information can be found here.

Tamarack Hotel | Closed until further notice Existing reservations have been moved over to their sister property, the Hotel Ketchum. More information will be available here.

Hotel Ketchum | Closed until further notice

Sun Valley Inn | The Sun Valley Inn is now currently closed until further notice.

Sun Valley Lodge | Closed until further notice

Limelight Hotel | Closed until further notice

Best Western Kentwood | Closed until further notice

Recreation

Blaine County Recreation District | (BCRD has closed all programs and services at the Community Campus until further notice.

Galena Lodge | Galena Lodge is temporarily closed (restaurant, ski shop and ski school). More information found here.

Wood River YMCA | The YMCA is temporarily suspending all facility access,
programs, services, and events. More information and daily updates can be found here.

Sun Valley Guides & Sawtooth Mountain Guides | Both of these outfitters have closed their operations for the season including hut rentals. Please connect with them directly to for re-booking information.

Zenergy | Zenergy is temporarily suspending all facility access,
programs, services, and events. More information 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 have chosen to close the Visitor Center to avoid exposure to our staff. We are available digitally and would encourage you to jump online or give us a call if you have any questions.

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

Social platforms: 

Events

The Argyros and the Sun Valley Museum of Art have cancelled or postponed their planned events for the next few weeks.

Sun Valley Film Festival | The Sun Valley Film Festival has just announced that the 2020 event has been cancelled s a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (covid-19). They look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. More information regarding the cancellation will be available here.

Ski Hall of Fame | The Ski Hall of Fame has announced that they have postponed their 2020 events until further notice. Checkin to their website for further details.

Sun Valley Resort Events | The Sun Valley Resort has announced that they have cancelled the following events & gatherings: Kinder Cup, Easter Egg Hunt, Dollar Days, Baldy Bash, Apres Ski Concerts and more. Additional information can be found here.

The Market | Due to the uncertain times, The Market has postponed their event until further noticed. Stay tuned for updates. Information will be made available here.

The Sun Valley Forum | This event will still be held on its original dates, June 8-10, 2020 on a virtual platform as opposed to in-person. More information available here.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival | The Wellness Festival has been rescheduled to August 21-24, 2020

Writer’s Conference | The current situation makes it impossible for us to safely confirm the travel, logistics, and participation of all those who were so looking forward to coming to the Conference this summer and therefore the 2020 Conference has been cancelled. More details can be found here.

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

Please visit our calendar of events page for more information.

Government & Schools

Blaine County Schools | All Blaine County schools will be closed until April 20th.

Sage School, Syringa Mountain School and Sun Valley Community School will also be closed until April 20th.

Comprehensive List of Openings and Closures

Local Business & Resident Resources

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