Boise Mayor Lauren McLean just announced a new health order that has more restrictions, closures and consequences for violators. The new order will go into effect Monday, Nov. 23.

"Current community hospital models require immediate action to keep our community safe, ease the burden on the health care system and control community spread," the mayor’s office wrote in a press release. "What we are currently doing is not working. If we do not change our approach our health and our economy will suffer."

The updated health order requires face coverings, which the city already had but it wasn't being enforced, it will now. The order also limits city board and commissions meetings. It restricts access to the Boise Airport and a few other businesses and beefs up enforcement against individuals and businesses who violate the order.

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You are only allowed in the Boise Airport if you are a ticketed airline passenger, someone accompanying an airline passenger who needs help with arrival or departure, people waiting in vehicles at passenger drop-off or pickup, or those in rental vehicles at airport pickup or dropoff locations.

The Mayor also closed many city facilities including City Hall, City Hall West, City of Boise Libraries, Boise WaterShed, Foothills Learning Center, Boise Depot, Boise Urban Garden School, Fort Boise Community Center and the James Castle House will closed to the public through at least Jan. 15, 2021. Idaho IceWorld, the Boise Senior Center, and Boise Municipal Pools will be closed through summer 2021.

"The decision to close these facilities on a more permanent basis was made with the safety of our staff and our community as the immediate priority," the press release continued. "Additionally, the City of Boise reviewed the budget implications of maintaining and operating these facilities when making this decision."


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