Mayor Lauren McLean
Boise, the health and safety of our community is my top priority. I’m deeply grateful to our state, county and city partners’ collaboration to protect all our residents. This virus continues to pose a very serious health risk to us all and we must take this seriously.
Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Central District Health’s Emergency Public Health Order, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our employees and the community, the City of Boise will revert to the State’s Idaho Rebounds Stage Three plan with some additional safety measures.
I signed a public health order today that is effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday June 24, 2020 and will remain in effect for 30 days that will:
- Require businesses to follow the business safety protocols as outlined by the state.
- Provide for additional protection at our airport, allowing only travelers and essential workers and assistance aides be allowed in public areas.
- Require sanitation and physical distancing of six feet unless protocols have been issued by the state.
- Limit group gatherings in Boise to fewer than 50 people.
- Close all bars, taverns, nightclubs, private liquor clubs, taprooms, tasting rooms, bike bars, cabarets, and saloons.
With public safety a top priority, due to current community spread of COVID-19 in Ada County and group size restrictions, the City of Boise will continue to monitor the implications for each city department and will provide regular updates. Here’s what residents can expect immediately:
- City Hall, City Hall West and Fort Boise Community Center will remain closed to the public with some services available by appointment.
- Under Central District Health guidance, the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration has been cancelled.
- City Council, Planning and Zoning, Design Review and Historic Preservation will meet virtually, and remote public testimony will be facilitated. View upcoming meetings.
- City of Boise employees will continue to work remotely whenever possible.
- Outdoor facilities, like Zoo Boise, that reopened on Monday, June 22 that have safety protocols that adhere to CDC and CDH guidelines in place may continue as planned.
Please keep a six-foot distance from those not in your immediate family, keep hands and surfaces clean, stay home if you’re sick, and wear face coverings in public to keep our community safe and healthy.
Regular updates on all services and facilities can be found at the City of Boise’s COVID-19 Resource page or by calling (208) 608-7000.