To those of you who took the time to reach out to Central District Health to give public comment on your desire for gyms in Ada County, your efforts were not in vain. 

On Friday, the Board of Health posted a news release on their website regarding the agenda for their virtual meeting taking place on Tuesday, August 11 at 4 p.m. During that meeting, they had originally planned to consider closing gyms in Ada County based on a White House report suggesting the move as one of the strategies that 'red zone' areas like Ada County deploy to help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, there is no data proving that gyms in Ada County have been a significant source of transmission at this point in time. With that in mind, they will NOT discuss closing gyms on Tuesday.

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However, the attendance of your upcoming events like birthday parties, weddings and backyard barbecues will likely be reduced during the meeting. They do have data showing that social gatherings like these are these are common places where people who eventually test positive for COVID-19 were exposed to the virus.

On Tuesday, they'll consider restricting gatherings, both public and private, to groups of no more than 10 or 25 at a time. The language in the draft explains that restriction applies to a single indoor room or outdoor space where physical distancing of six feet is not maintained. The current restriction limits group gatherings to no more than 50 people in Ada County.

The new restriction would not affect theaters, restaurants, retail establishment, private businesses or places of worship.