Boise’s Mayor Makes Masks Mandatory Starting Saturday
No more resisting it. If you want to be anywhere in public, you better be wearing a mask.
UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: The official release of the public health order now includes information on penalties and adds exemptions for outdoor public places where social distancing can occur, gyms and fitness facilities able to employ distancing guidelines, those receiving services to the head, nose or face and while eating or drinking at establishments where you're able to be six feet away from people who are not part of your family. Read the official order HERE.
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As the number of cases of COVID-19 steadily rises in Ada County, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean is taking the next step toward trying to slow it down in the city of Boise. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 an emergency order mandating face coverings in both indoor and outdoor public places will go into effect.
Face coverings must be worn in a manner that covers the nose and mouth. Those exempt from the order include children under the age of 5, on-duty first responders or those with health or communication concerns.
If you're concerned about finding a mask in time, you can stop by the City of Boise Mask Giveaway on Friday, July 3 at one of two locations: Boise Depot (2603 W Eastover Terrace) or City Hall West (N Mark Stall Place.) The drive-up service will provide residents a maximum of six disposable masks per household. It happens from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The statement did not include any information on how the order will be enforced. McCall implemented a similar order for indoor areas last night, stating that you could be find $100 for failing to comply. They hope to not have to issue a lot of those citations and will focus primarily on education.