Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

We are committed to providing the latest updates from the City of Boise on COVID-19 to our residents. Below please find information on city facilities, services and procedures.

Stay home, stay healthy and stay informed. This will save lives.

  • Plan meals for a week for you and your family. Remember that you have more people eating all their meals at home so you need more groceries than usual! Make a shopping list. Only then go to the grocery store or order delivery. This will minimize the number of times you have to go shopping and the time you’ll spend in contact with others.
  • Call/video chat with your friends and family instead of visiting in person.
  • Get outside while maintaining a safe distance of at least 6 ft from others, e.g. your yard, take a walk in a park. Keep these outings to less than an hour.
  • Invent a new version of old socializing, such as chatting with people who are on the opposite side of the street. Or even play a game – with no contact – across the street, like charades.
  • Walk or bike instead of taking public transit whenever you can.

(Source: https://www.ideas42.org/blog/the-behavioral-side-of-covid-19)

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Statewide Stay-Home Order

From Mayor McLean: As you’re aware, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced a statewide mandatory 21-day Stay-Home Order on March 25 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. I applaud his decision. It’s only through community-wide actions that we will be able to slow the spread of the virus.

Governor Little's Order supersedes our previous Orders with the exception of the closure of city facilities and cancellation of events. I urge everyone to stay home and stay healthy. This will save lives.

Additional Facility Closures and Service Changes

Due to Governor Brad Little’s 21-day Stay-Home Order, the City of Boise is making the following facility and service changes.

Effective immediately, the following facilities will be closed:

  • All park restrooms (temporary restrooms will be placed at high-use park locations)
  • All trail head restrooms
  • All skate parks
  • All fenced dog off-leash parks (off-leash areas and off-leash park hours unaffected)
  • The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park
  • The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park
  • Warm Springs Golf Course (Quail Hollow Golf Course remains closed)
  • BMX Jump Park in Willow Lane Athletic Complex/Willow Lane Park

These closures are in addition to closures announced last week by the City of Boise.

Effective immediately, the following service changes will be in place:

  • Compost pick-up at the Idaho Botanical Gardens and Joplin Road site is closed.
  • Glass recycling drop off is closed.
  • Household Hazardous Waste collection will be suspended after today, March 26, 2020.
  • Large item collection will be suspended unless already scheduled.
  • Library book returns are now locked. Please keep your material until otherwise communicated. All due dates have been extended until June 1, 2020.
  • Parking enforcement and code compliance (except childcare inspections) is stopped for the duration of the Order
  • Animal enforcement has stopped for the duration of the Order
  • Building and fire inspections will continue for construction, but on a limited basis with reduced staffing. CDC guidelines must be met for inspections to take place to help protect the health and safety of staff.

Mayor McLean Issues Social Distancing Order (Amended March 24, 2020)

In the interest of public health, the city has issued an amended Public Health Emergency Order 20-03, effective at midnight Tuesday night (12:01 a.m. Wednesday March 25) and remaining in effect for 30 days. Proprietors, managers, or organizers of any indoor or outdoor venue, business, or event, including, but not limited to, movie theaters, personal service facilities, and stores must comply with the following distancing requirements:

  • Each individual invited into the venue must be accommodated at least six feet away from each and every other individual, whether seated or standing. Immediate family members may sit or stand together.
  • Carry-out, drive-through and delivery services are still allowed, and employees are encouraged to take measures to maintain a distance of at least six feet from the customer to whom they are delivering, and to practice all other CDC recommended measures.
  • Proprietors, managers or organizers must follow heightened cleanliness practices by disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces after human contact; and all staff must wash their hands frequently in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Commercial and public transportation providers must follow heightened cleanliness practices by disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces after human contact; all drivers must wash their hands frequently and in accordance with CDC guidelines and take measures to ensure social distancing requirements in their vehicles.

If a venue is unable to comply with the social distancing requirements, the venue shall close to the public for the duration of the Order. Additionally, all indoor recreation and fitness facilities shall be closed to the public for the duration of this Order.

The social distancing requirements shall not apply to essential business and services, provided they can comply with the social distancing requirements to the extent feasible. For a full list of essential business services, please view the order.

View the full Order for all the requirements and details.

View Order (PDF)

All City of Boise Playgrounds Closed - Effective March 21, 2020

At the direction of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway is closing all park playgrounds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), effective immediately.

There are approximately 50 playgrounds in public city parks across Boise. Please stay off swings, slides and avoid using or touching any other park equipment until further notice.

Parks and Recreation maintenance team members will be taping off all playgrounds over the weekend, starting with our most popular parks, and posting signage at each site alerting residents to these closures.

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Mayor McLean Announces Closure of Dine-in Restaurants and Bars

In the interest of public health, effective at midnight on March 19, 2020, the city issued Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-02 which ordered the closure of bars and restaurants’ dine-in operations for 30 days, through April 18. This does not include drive-thru, delivery or takeout options for facilities.

Downtown Parking for Takeout Orders
There will be free parking available on every street near a restaurant or bar that will be dedicated for takeout orders. These parking spaces will be easily identified – please look for the sign on each space that is dedicated for this purpose.

Boards and Commission Meetings Cancelled

In keeping with the CDC’s recommendation on gatherings limited to 10 people, the city issued Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-01 on March 19, 2020, which suspends meetings of the following City of Boise commissions and committees until further notice.

  • Airport Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 2);
  • Parks and Recreation Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 3);
  • Planning and Zoning Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 4);
  • Design Review Committee (B.C.C. Title 11, Chapter 2);
  • Historic Preservation Commission (B.C.C. Title 11, Chapter 2);
  • Development and Impact Fee Advisory Committee (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 5);
  • Public Works Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 6);
  • Arts and History Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 8);
  • Special Events Team (B.C.C. Title 3, Chapter 17);
  • Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 9);
  • Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 11);
  • Ethics Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 12);
  • Accessible Parking Commission (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 13);
  • Neighbors in Need Trust Fund Advisory Board (B.C.C. Title 2, Chapter 14);
  • Building Board of Appeals (B.C.C. Title 9, Chapter 1)
  • Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Board (B.C.C. Title 9, Chapter 4 and Title 9, Chapter 7); and
  • Electrical Board of Appeal (B.C.C. Title 9, Chapter 5).
Boise City Hall

City Facilities Closed to the Public

The following City of Boise facilities are currently closed to the public:
  • City Hall
  • City Hall West
  • Boise Public Library facilities, including the Main Library and each branch library
  • Fort Boise, including the Dick Eardley Senior Center (Meals on Wheels meals will still be provided through curbside pick-up service)
  • School-based Community Centers
  • Idaho IceWorld
  • Zoo Boise
  • Quail Hollow Golf Course
  • Warm Springs Golf Course
  • Boise WaterShed
  • James Castle House
  • All park restrooms (temporary restrooms will be placed at high-use park locations)
  • All trail head restrooms
  • All skate parks
  • All fenced dog off-leash parks (off-leash areas and off-leash park hours unaffected)
  • The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park
  • The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park
  • All park playgrounds are closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), effective immediately.
  • BMX Jump Park in Willow Lane Athletic Complex/Willow Lane Park

All citywide public programming and public outreach will be cancelled until further notice.

This includes:

  • Parks and Recreation activities, classes, events and leagues
  • All Library and Arts & History programs and events

There will be no special event permits issues for eight weeks, however our staff will continue to process and be ready when appropriate. I encourage community partners to postpone events for 50 or more people in the interest of public safety.

Services traditionally offered through in-person interactions will be offered through the web (if possible), over the phone, through the mail, or delayed until public services are restored.

What's Open

Boise Airport

The Boise Airport remains open for the traveling public. We recommend passengers arrive 90 minutes before departure, and passengers should utilize close-in parking, as the Economy Parking Lot has been closed.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Trails

Boise's parks and trails are open the public. Please remember to practice social distancing. Playgrounds are closed.

Meals on Wheels at Dick Eardley Senior Center

The Dick Eardley Senior Center (690 Robbins Rd.) is closed until further notice but participants can still pick up affordable lunches curbside from Metro Meals on Wheels every day, Monday- Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please direct questions to (208) 608-7600 or email bpr@cityofboise.org.

Park Information

All City of Boise Playgrounds Closed

At the direction of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway is closing all park playgrounds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), effective immediately.

There are approximately 50 playgrounds in public city parks across Boise. Please stay off swings, slides and avoid using or touching any other park equipment until further notice.

Parks and Recreation maintenance team members will be taping off all playgrounds over the weekend (starting March 21), starting with our most popular parks, and posting signage at each site alerting residents to these closures.

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Dog Off-Leash Season Extended at Two City Parks

Boise Parks and Recreation is reinstating its popular seasonal dog off-leash program, effective immediately, at Ann Morrison Park (1000 S Americana Blvd.) and Optimist Youth Sports Complex (9889 W Hill Rd. Pkwy.). The program will run through the end of April.

To learn more about other dog-friendly parks and areas in the City of Boise, visit our off-leash parks and areas web page.

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