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Idaho woman facing 6 months in jail for violating Coronavirus lockdown order by holding a yard sale.

Christa Thompson had received a citation for violation of lockdown order, but the penalty or duration of imprisonment cannot be verified as of now.

An article by the Idaho Freedom Foundation on 18 April 2020 stated that Christa Thompson received misdemeanour charges for selling her late father-in law's belongings in the yard. It quoted Christa's husband Peter as saying that he and Christa carried the belongings to their front yard, near the Highway 41 in Rathdrum to actively advertise and sell the stuff, until local police came to enforce the stay-at-home order.

Facebook post by Rathdrum Police Department Chief Tomi McLean confirmed that police attempted to educate and issued a written warning letter to the landowner not to conduct any sale in the yard. After repeated warnings given to the landowners, the police issued a citation in response to Governor Little’s stay-at-home order as yard sale was not an essential business.

According to Idaho's statewide stay-at-home order, violation of or failure to comply the rules could constitute a misdemeanour punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both under Idaho Code 56- 1003(7)(C) which states that any person who violates an order of isolation or quarantine shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.

But the order does not mention the penalty and the duration of imprisonment. Thus we can confirm that the woman violated the lockdown and she may land in jail, which will be decided by the court.

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