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City Facilities Reopen May 1

Post Date:04/30/2020 7:12 PM


April 30, 2020


SANDPOINT — Governor Brad Little announced Thursday he is lifting the stay-home order, issuing a “Stay Healthy” order to begin reopening Idaho businesses and activities under a series of four stages to begin Friday, May 1. 

Sandpoint City Hall will re-open to the public at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.  All public services will be provided from the front desk on the first floor and the public is encouraged to follow social distancing.  Disposable masks and hand sanitizer are provided at the main entrance to City Hall to protect members of the public and City staff.  These practices are recommended by the CDC guidance referred to in Governor Little’s reopening guidance.  City Hall is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The first hour, 8 – 9 a.m., each day is reserved for seniors and other vulnerable members of the community.

While in-person services are again offered, the public is encouraged to continue taking advantage of all the online services the City has to offer. This includes online access to utility services, garbage service changes, payment of parking tickets, dog licenses, business licenses, burn permits and all building and planning permits. These services are available on the Permits and Licenses page at, and can be accessed through the Engage Sandpoint mobile app. The app can be downloaded in the iTunes or GooglePlay store.

All staff offices, including the Planning and Building area, will remain closed to the public. Meetings will be held by appointment only. To make an appointment with Planning and Building, please call 208-263-3428 or email

Available appointment hours for Building and Planning:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Friday – 10 a.m. - noon.

Inspection hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9 a.m. - noon
  • Wednesday, Friday – 1-4 p.m.

All City Council, commission and committee meetings will continue to be held electronically, and Council Chambers will remain closed to the public during Stages 1 and 2 of the Stay Healthy Order.  Public participation in the meetings is encouraged and provided for electronically and by telephone.

Council Chambers will reopen to the public with limited occupancy during Stages 3 and 4 and electronic and telephone participation will continue to be offered.

All City parks remain open and public restrooms will reopen on Friday. The City’s Outdoor Shooting Range will open for the season on Saturday, May 2nd.  The first two hours each day, 10 a.m. to Noon, are reserved for seniors and other vulnerable members of the community. Loaner equipment will not be provided for sanitation reasons so users will need to bring their own bags, spotting scopes, eye or ear protection.  Other protocols regarding sanitation and social distancing will be in place.  Rangemasters will be wearing face masks and disposable masks will be available to members of the public.

The Governor’s protocols for all stages, a reopening checklist provided by Panhandle Health District, as well as a number of other helpful resources and information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the City’s website at

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