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Coeur d'Alene Library to Partially Reopen June 1

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is ready to partially reopen for the public on June 1 in compliance with Gov. Brad Little’s Rebound Idaho plan and with the approval of the Library Board of Trustees.

Lake City Public Library remains closed, and will be closed for the summer due to construction at Lake City High School.

Library Director Bette Ammon said that front-door or curbside pickup of holds will continue in order to help minimize the number of people inside the building and to accommodate patrons who prefer to remain isolated.

 To place holds, patrons log into their accounts at www.cdalibrary.org or can call 208-769-2315 during the open hours. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mondays 10-11 a.m. have been set aside for patrons who are considered vulnerable due to age or physical condition.

Patrons who are sick are asked to stay home.

“The health and safety of our patrons and staff are our primary concerns,” Ammon said. “If the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in the community, it may be necessary to again reduce library services. We are glad to be able to open up, at least partially. But staying open is going to require that everybody take precautions and work together.”

 Based on the floor space of the library, access will be limited to 50 people at a time, including staff and patrons, she said. The children’s department and teen areas will remain closed, but the staff will retrieve books and other items on request. Placing holds ahead of time for these items will help the staff work more efficiently, Ammon said.

Precautions also include:

  • Patrons are asked to limit time in the building. No extended stays or social gatherings are permitted. Patrons may be asked to leave after one hour if others are waiting to enter the building.
  • Social distancing is required. Patrons are asked to maintain at least 6 feet of space from other patrons and staff. Seating will be modified to encourage this.
  • Patrons are asked to wear a mask and one will be provided, if needed.
  • Computer use will be limited to one hour per day, per patron.
  • Meeting rooms remain closed.
  • Programs for children, teens, and adults, including Summer Reading, will be exclusively online for the time being.
  • Second Story Books, the used bookstore operated by Friends of the Library volunteers, will be open, but only one customer at a time is allowed in the space. A face mask is strongly encouraged.
  • Donations of books and other items will be accepted, provided the library has space to quarantine the incoming items.

 

 



Press Release from Governor Brad Little (April 16, 2020):

“Recreate Responsibly Idaho” campaign aims to make outdoor recreation safe from coronavirus spread

Boise, Idaho – Outdoor recreation remains a great way for Idahoans to take care of their physical, mental, and emotional health during the coronavirus situation, but Governor Brad Little and natural resource managers urge everyone to protect their health and the welfare of others while hiking, biking, fishing or doing other activities.

Recreate Responsibly Idaho is new campaign that offers guidelines for Idahoans who want to recreate outdoors. Information about outdoor recreation opportunities and other information is available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/recreate-responsibly/.

Those who want to recreate outdoors should consider carefully before traveling outside of their home county while the statewide stay-home order is in place.

All of us must work to keep areas open for recreation during the COVID-19 crisis. By following the Recreate Responsibly Idaho guidelines, we can minimize closures resulting from people overcrowding areas and ignoring social distancing.

State and federal lands and many other recreational areas are largely open for day use, even under the Governor’s statewide stay-home order, but people must recreate responsibly by observing social distancing, limiting how far they travel, and reducing their impacts on any place they visit.

“People should get outside and get some fresh air,” Governor Little said. “It’s healthy and reduces the stress we’re all feeling these days. But it has to be done responsibly with people protecting their health and the health of the larger community.”

Recreate Responsibly Idaho is a campaign to improve the outdoor experience for everyone, backed by Governor Little, Idaho and federal resource agencies, and outdoor industry groups.

If you want to recreate, please:

  • Practice social distancing – staying six feet away from others not in your household
  • Enjoy the outdoors close to home whenever possible, following the statewide stay-home order and reducing the spread of COVID-19
  • Stay home if you’re sick to prevent putting others at risk
  • Check before traveling to a campground, a forest or a fishing hole if you decide to go somewhere. Contact information for recreational sites is available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/recreate-responsibly/. Most government campgrounds and many boat ramps are closed.
  • Spread out – if a trailhead or boat launch is congested, find another place or come back during off-peak hours
  • Bring supplies (water, food, hand sanitizer, toilet paper) to be self-sufficient, ensuring you have a good time and avoiding contact with others in the community you visit
  • Prepare to pack out your trash as garbage service may be unavailable
  • Refrain from high-risk activities (climbing sketchy terrain, riding an expert-level trail) to ensure medical resources are available for the virus fight

 Have fun outdoors and stay safe!


 



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CLICK HERE for more information.  If you are in need of food deliverries for your family, please call the school district offices.  

 
Community Leaders Announce Coeur d’Alene Coronavirus Relief Fund 
The Fund will be used to help those most affected by this pandemic, including the dramatic decrease in work for local ALICE families. To donate to the CDA Coronavirus Fund, please text CDACOVID to 40403 or visit www.UnitedWayofNorthIdaho.org/coronavirus-relief-fund



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Small Business Information
SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE TO IDAHO SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Idaho small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and explain the application process. Applicants may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email
disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020. For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit SBA.gov/coronavirus.

For any questions on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, contact Jerry Miller at (208) 287-0780 or jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov or visit commerce.idaho.gov/covid-19./