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‘Idaho Potato Drop’ Attendees Required to Show Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test

By • December 30, 2021

Those attending tomorrow night’s “Idaho Potato Drop” will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within the last 72 hours.

Last year, the event was canceled in its usual place at the Idaho capitol grounds, and the organization that runs the event moved it to an undisclosed location so no one could attend in person. This year, the event has been moved back to the capitol grounds.

However, per Mayor Lauren McLean’s health order back in September, large events on city property must require proof of vaccination from its attendees or the negative test.

According to the Idaho Potato Drop website, festivities for the event begin at 6:00 p.m. with live music and more. Fireworks will be displayed when the potato starts its descent.

The website also posts the following paragraph about entry requirements onto Cecil Andrus Park:

PRE CHECK REQUIRED: SCREENING WILL START AT NOON ON THE CORNER OF 8TH AND BANNOCK. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION OR A 72 HOUR NEGATIVE TEST RESULT TO ENTER THE BEER GARDEN. MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHERE 6 FEET OF DISTANCE CANNOT BE MAINTAINED. (Emphasis from the Idaho Potato Drop website.)

For those who are unaware of the City of Boise’s protocol for Covid-19, here is what went into effect on September 17:

Effective Friday, September 17, the following requirements are being implemented for events permitted by the City of Boise and/or being held at city-owned facilities:

For events under 250 people

  • Masks are required both indoors and outdoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained
  • Event organizers must provide masks for attendees and masks must be worn when not eating or drinking
  • COVID-19 protocol ambassadors, staffed by the event, are required on site
  • Event organizers must submit a plan through the city’s special events process for approval

For events larger than 250 people 

  • Proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test required for all attendees

  • Masks are required both indoors and outdoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained

  • Event organizers must provide masks for attendees and masks must be worn when not eating or drinking

  • COVID-19 protocol ambassadors, staffed by the event, are required on site

  • Event organizers must submit a plan to the city’s Special Events Team for approval

  • Physical distancing measures in place

  • Sanitation stations throughout event footprint

  • Event organizers must submit a traffic flow plan for approval to prevent COVID-19 spread and promote physical distancing

Do you plan on attending the Idaho Potato Drop? What do you think of the protocols to enter?

Let us know in the comments below.


Tags: Boise, Covid-19, Idaho Potato Drop, Large Events, Lauren McLean