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Posted on: April 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Moscow Response to Governor Little Extended Stay-Home Order

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City of Moscow announces adjustments to services, programs and facilities, and event postponements and cancelations in light of Idaho Governor Little’s Amended Statewide Stay-Home Order extending self-isolation requirements in Idaho to Apr. 30.

This morning, Governor Brad Little announced that he was extending his Stay-Home Order through Apr. 30, unless or until the Order is extended rescinded, superseded, or amended.  The Order directs all individuals living in the State of Idaho to self-isolate at their place of residence, with the following:

  • Residents may leave in order 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 such individuals to find shelter and government agencies to provide it;
  • Directing all businesses and governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations in the State of Idaho;
  • Prohibiting all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals; and
  • Ordering cessation of all non-essential travel.

The City of Moscow continues to evaluate options to safely maintain services and programs under the guidelines of the Governor’s Stay Home Order.  These include the evaluation of facilities that have been closed due to the pandemic to determine if they can safely be opened.  Reinstated services to date include the following:

  • The Hamilton Community Garden, which was closed when all Parks and Recreation programs were suspended, has been opened.  The Community Garden has been opened as outdoor gardening is a healthy activity that, with proper social distancing measures, is considered appropriate. Call 208-883-7084 for more information about Hamilton Community Garden availability.
  • Yard waste drop-off facilities at Moscow Recycling and the Latah Sanitation, Inc. (LSI) Solid Waste Processing Facility have also been reopened to the public; please keep proper social distancing practices in mind when visiting these facilities.  Call Latah Sanitation at 208-882-5274 for more information about these services.
  • With many citizens engaging in spring cleaning projects, processes have been adjusted to allow for self-haul and drop off beginning Apr. 15 to the LSI Solid Waste Facility, located east of Moscow on Highway 8.  Revised procedures have been implemented to continue to maintain minimum face-to-face interaction and social distancing between customers and scale staff. Specifically, this includes charging self-haul fees directly to utility billing accounts with the City of Moscow. Customers should bring a driver’s license or other form of picture identification.

While the City is working to evaluate which services and programs can safely be reinstated, the extension of the Governor’s Stay Home Order requires that some previously scheduled City-sponsored events must be postponed or canceled.  While these events were planned for May or June, without a clear indication as to when social distancing requirements may be lifted, adjusting dates and establishing cancellations must be completed well in advance, as resources for planning for contingencies for these events are significant.  

  • Opening day for the 43rd season of the Moscow Farmers Market in downtown Moscow is set for Sat., Jun. 6, 2020, and will host only vendors who sell perishable agricultural items.  All other vendors will offer an online market place for patrons to shop and pay for their orders and arrange for curbside pickup during Market hours.  For more information, please visit https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/197/Farmers-Market.
  • The City’s popular annual Artwalk event has been rescheduled for Sept. 25, 2020. Artists, host locations, food vendors, and attendees are sure to have a variety of questions regarding this change to the event, which traditionally takes place in June. City Arts Staff will reach out to its constituents with information specific to individual circumstances, but additional information is available to all on the City of Moscow website: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/186/Arts.
  • The Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall closed in mid-March to facilitate social distancing. The Gallery will reopen in August 2020 with an exhibition by the 2020 Artwalk poster artist; further details regarding that event will be forthcoming. Silver & Gold, an exhibition of University of Idaho Art + Design Alumni artworks, was initially scheduled to begin in April 2020 but has now been postponed until the spring of 2021.
  • Entertainment in the Park program for 2020 has been canceled but will return to next year to Moscow’s East City Park.
  • The annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament will be canceled. That event is made possible by sponsors throughout the community. Given the challenges faced by local businesses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City is not willing to request sponsorships from local businesses who are facing a tremendous burden at this time.
  • The annual Vandal Town Block Party, a celebration of the Town & Gown relationship with the students of the University of Idaho, will also be canceled due to social distancing requirements and recommendations.

The City of Moscow will continue to follow the guidance of the State, Public Health – Idaho North Central District, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Adjustments to services will be announced via media releases and through the City website and social media accounts. 

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