Last week the city of Hailey passed an updated Public Health Emergency Order which limits citizens in their own homes from having more than ten people.
Hailey is a town located in Blaine County. Ketchum, Bellevue, Sun Valley, and Carey are also towns in Blaine County. The area is commonly called the “Sun Valley” area.
The commissioners for Blaine County held a public meeting last night to discuss an updated health ordinance that will cover the entire county similar to what Hailey just recently passed.
The ordinance in part limits gatherings indoors, including on private residences. The limitation is exactly what was passed in the city of Hailey.
Here is a screenshot of part of the ordinance:
Idaho Dispatch asked the commissioners why they decided to put the ordinance forward. Commissioner Dick Fosbury sent Idaho Dispatch an email with the following message about the new ordinance,
We decided to take action following the increased risk of infection rates and the decreased capacity of regional hospital facilities in the Magic Valley and Treasure Valley.
The other two commissioners, Jacob Greenberg and Angenie McCleary, have not yet responded to our inquiry and we will update the article if they do.
Not everyone was pleased about the new ordinance being passed, however.
Idaho Dispatch was given a video of Tatyana Gray speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting. Gray is the Founder of Central Idaho for Liberty.
Here is the video of Gray speaking at the meeting:
Idaho Dispatch asked Gray about the proposed ordinance and her opposition to it. This is what she sent Idaho Dispatch:
More than the order itself, one particular comment from the Commissioners during the hearing gave me grave concern. The Commissioners acknowledged receiving public comment (via email) against the order. Yet, they made their decision based on the ‘experts’” input, and not on the people’s input. We see this trend nationwide, and we need to make it clear to all of our politicians that they work for the people, and not for the ‘experts.’
At the end of the discussion, the commissioners voted to pass the ordinance which takes immediate effect and does not end until the commissioners vote to end it. You can view the full ordinance here.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the Blaine County ordinance.
Tags: Angenie McCleary, Blaine County Commissioners, Central Idaho for Liberty, Dick Fosbury, Hailey, Jacob Greenberg