Today Mayor Lauren McLean announced that masks are no longer required outdoors in Boise.
This moment marks a significant step towards Boise's post COVID-19 future.
“I'm thrilled that we will again see each other's smiling faces in our neighborhoods, as we walk to businesses, and in our outdoor areas,” said Mayor Lauren McLean. “I'm grateful to the health care professionals helping us make science based decisions, and proud of the progress Boiseans are making together. We're nearing the end of this, as more and more people get vaccinated."
The new health order was made in consultation with public health experts and in response to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that says vaccinated people can now unmask at small outdoor gatherings.
The city will continue to work in partnership with local businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors, where the virus has a higher infection rate.
Boise will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health crisis and will quickly change or modify the health order as needed.
The sacrifices everyone has made over the last year have put us in an excellent position to cautiously move forward out of this pandemic.