Cities across Idaho are telling their citizens that Coronavirus numbers are going up and that hospitals are full of patients who are ill with the Coronavirus.
As a result, some cities are pushing mask mandates and other measures as we saw in Lewiston and Pocatello yesterday.
The city of Boise has been in a modified “Stage 2” for some time now which includes a mask mandate. Additionally, the Central District Health, of which Boise is a part, has had a mask mandate in place throughout Ada County since June 24th.
But for Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, more needed to be done to get better compliance with the health order and so a new order has been issued which begins on Monday, November 23rd.
McLean held a press conference where she outlined further efforts by the city to gain better compliance with the health order.
The city has set up a hotline to report non-compliant businesses and has said that the city will revoke the licenses of businesses that refuse to comply.
In the press conference, McLean said she was using her new order to help businesses. She said by using the Boise Police Department to help with compliance she is helping more businesses stay open.
McLean argued that by holding business accountable who aren’t compliant, it will help protect public health.
Rather than just closing certain sectors of businesses, McLean said they were using a “scalpel” approach by targeting non-compliant businesses only.
McLean called the approach “innovative” and “unique.” She told the press that,
There’s nothing that we won’t do to protect public health.
A business that is non-compliant would lose their license for a minimum of 10 days for the first offense and a minimum of 20 days on the second offense according to McLean.
McLean said that if a complaint is called in, code enforcement officers would go to the business and do an inspection to find out if they are in fact out of compliance with the order.
In addition to these new efforts, the mayor also announced that city hall and other government buildings will be closed for the time being.
Mclean also closed Idaho IceWorld, the Dick Eardley Senior Center, and all Boise public pools until September of 2021. This means that Boise’s municipal pools will not be open next summer.
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