September 29, 2021 (Moscow, Idaho) —
On Sep. 7, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare activated the Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) protocol for the Panhandle and North Central Health Districts. Activation of the CSC is due to a shortage of staff and available beds caused by an increase of patients with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. On Sep. 16, the CSC protocol was extended to the entire state of Idaho. Though Gritman Medical Center is currently at contingent standards of care, they continue to recommend that individuals choose to receive the vaccine, wear a mask, wash hands, maintain social distancing, and limit gatherings to slow the spread of the virus and its variants. City of Moscow Mayor Lambert has also issued an advisory proclamation, which may be viewed at: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/DocumentCenter/View/22288/COVID-19-recommendations-2021
As such, City staff are continuing to take measures to reduce future burden on the regional health care system by cancelling Live Entertainment and no longer scheduling Youth Vendors and Performance Artists (Buskers) for the remainder of October. The final Moscow Farmers Market is on Sat., Oct. 30.
Here are a few reminders to plan a visit to the Moscow Farmers Market:
- 8 to 9 a.m. is the designated shopping hour for at-risk individuals.
- SNAP/EBT, Washington WIC, and Washington SFMNP benefits are welcome by select Vendors.
- Pets, emotional support animals and comfort animals are limited to downtown sidewalks during Market hours. Only Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service animals are permitted on Main Street. Emotional support, therapy and comfort animals are not covered by the ADA.
- This is a nicotine-free event. No vaping, tobacco chewing, or traditional smoking is permitted.
City staff will continue to keep track of the CSC status, local infection rates, and hospitalizations to advise future program and event decisions.
Individuals are asked to do their part in slowing the spread of transmission by:
- Opting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Wearing a mask.
- Washing your hands.
- Continuing to social distance.
- Limiting gatherings with those from outside your immediate household.
For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market, visit:www.ci.moscow.id.us/197/Farmers-Marketwww.facebook.com/MoscowFarmersMarketwww.instagram.com/cityofmoscowid/
Story Contact: Amanda Argona, Community Events Manager