Economic Development

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices

Stages and criteria for re-opening businesses have been outlined by the Governor's Economic Rebound Advisory Committee and can be reviewed here.  In accordance with these criteria, businesses can prepare for reopening by establishing operational plans to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; direct flow of people in the operation; and other measures. 

Here is a one-stop list of resources, recommendation and policies regarding business operations to help you prepare and implement safe business practices:

Stages of Reopening Businesses in Idaho (Idaho Rebounds)

Stage 2 Protocols for Opening - General Business (Idaho Rebounds)

Steps to Minimize Risk of COVID 19 for Employees and Customers (Central District Health)

How to Respond to Sick or Possibly Sick Employees with COVID-19 (Central District Health)

Five Questions to Help Business Plan to Reopen (Western Alliance for Economic Development) - WA COVID Business Plan Tool.pdf

Restaurants / Food Establishments

COVID-19 Restaurant Dining Areas Reopening Plan - Must be submitted to Central District Health 

Stage 2 Protocols for Restaurants (Idaho Rebounds)

Recommended Guidance for Food Establishments (Central District Health)

Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services (Food and Drug Administration)

Sign to Notify Food Establishment Customers of Safe Business Practices (Central District Health)

Steps to Minimize Risk of COVID 19 for Restaurant Staff (Central District Health)

Grocery / Retail

Steps to Minimize Risk of COVID 19 for Grocery Staff (Central District Health)

Sign to Notify Grocery Shoppers of Safe Business Practices (Central District Health)

Construction / Landscaping

Guidance for the Construction Workforce (OSHA)

Childcare Providers 

Guidance for Childcare Providers (Central District Health)

Stage 1 Protocols for Daycares and Childcare (Idaho Rebounds)

Close-Contact Businesses (i.e. hair and nail salons, massage therapy, etc.)

Stage 2 Protocols for Close Contact Services (Idaho Rebounds)

Indoor Gyms / Recreation Facilities

Stage 2 Protocols for Indoor Gyms and Recreation Facilities (Idaho Rebounds)

Need face masks or other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for your employees? 

Idaho Masks, Gloves & Sanitizer Sourcing Program - businesses can request up to 30 day supply

A local volunteer group, "Valley County Mask Force," is working to sew and distribute cloth face masks to local employees, requests can be made by email.

Some local crafters are also offering cloth masks for purchase on Etsy

Or, make your own masks using these instructions (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Idaho PPE Exchange connects buyers to suppliers with available equipment

COVID-19:  Business Financial Resources

Measures to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic have created uncertain economic times for local businesses. Resources are available to help businesses keep employees on the payroll, support employee sick leave, provide debt relief, pay operating costs, and more - follow the links below for more information.

Cash Grants for Idaho Small Businesses (Idaho Rebounds) - Applications open May 11

Emergency Grants for Childcare Businesses (Idaho Childcare Emergency Fund) - Applications open May 1 to June 30

Idaho Rebounds Links to Business Resources

Small Business Development Center - COVID 19 Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration - COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

Idaho Commerce COVID-10 Business Resources and Information

Delta James
Economic Development Planner
(208) 634-3504

The Economic Development Planner uses a set of policies, plans and activities that seek to build capacity for self-sustaining, long-term economic growth within McCall. Guided by the McCall Area Comprehensive Plan and other City of McCall Master Plans, the Economic Development Planner helps to identify community needs and priorities, plans and implements efforts to retain, expand and recruit businesses, provides the data, research, writing and reporting necessary to secure resources for City projects, and supports placemaking through public art and historic preservation.  

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Local Housing

As outlined in the 2018 McCall Area Comprehensive Plan and the City of McCall Housing Strategy, a Local Housing Program that includes a number of tools to create a variety of for-sale or rental units with various price points is needed in order to support a year-around community. As part of the Local Housing Program, this incentive-based program intends to encourage the private sector to build units with deed restrictions  to increase the supply of housing for locals. Deed restrictions are an important tool to ensure housing units for locals stay affordable for the long-term for other locals who are interested in renting or purchasing a unit in the city of McCall. These restrictions ensure permanent affordability.

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