Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Wednesday issued a guest opinion to Idaho newspapers criticizing fellow Republican Gov. Brad Little’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic and his four-stage reopening plan.
The column came just a day before Little’s Thursday press conference to announce whether the state will advance to stage 2 of reopening on Saturday, as tentatively scheduled.
The second stage would allow for limited reopening of restaurant dining rooms, salons and gyms. Bars, night clubs and larger venues such as movie theaters will not open until stage 4 of Little’s plan, which is scheduled to begin June 13.
The Idaho Press reports, Idahoans polled last week showed strong support for Little’s approach. A statewide poll commissioned by the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry found 75.5% approval of Little’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an even larger 79.3% supporting his four-stage “Idaho Rebounds” plan for reopening the economy.