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Citations, arrests possible for violating new COVID-19 restrictions in Boise

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The Boise Police Department will issue citations or arrest individuals reported not to be following COVID-19 public health orders as the disease continues to spread nearly unchecked in Ada County.

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On Thursday, Mayor Lauren McLean announced new enforcement measures for residents or visitors to the city who do not comply with existing health orders requiring masks and limited numbers of customers inside businesses. If a business owner has a customer refusing to follow the health guidelines, they can call Boise Police’s non-emergency line for a police response.

Residents can also file complaints about businesses not following health orders by calling the City Clerk’s office at (208) 608-7040. The city will give businesses with complaints filed against them educational materials on the current public health orders and information about potential further consequences.

Businesses licensed by the City of Boise found to pose a “clear and immediate threat” to the health and welfare of the public may have their business license suspended for at least 10 days on the first violation, 20 days on the second violation, and a year revocation on the third.

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Boise Police will only respond to patrons not following public health orders if business owners request it, not indiscriminately.

“The best way to slow community spread is to work together, but Boise can no longer allow people and businesses to undermine the sacrifices others have made,” McLean said in the release. “That is why the city is reaching out to businesses to offer assistance when customers will not follow COVID-19 guidelines. We know it can sometimes be difficult for staff to enforce these rules and the city is here to help.”

McLean’s release also shared information about the city’s facility closures, which BoiseDev first reported Wednesday. Starting Monday, most city facilities will be closed to the public until January 15 and services offered remotely where possible. Idaho IceWorld, the Boise Senior Center and Boise Municipal Pools will be closed through Summer 2021.

Eight employees with Boise Parks and Recreation were laid off as a result of the closures, according to city spokesman Seth Ogilve.

Curbside library service and computer appointments will still be available at the Boise Public Library. Curbside lunch service will still be available at the Boise Senior Center.

The city’s new public health order requires face coverings, limits city board and commission meetings and also restricts access to the Boise Airport and bike bars. Only ticketed airline passengers and those who are assisted ticketed passengers are allowed in the airport.

Margaret Carmel
Margaret is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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