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McLean allows events with more than 50 attendees in Boise with health district approval

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean is easing the city’s restrictions on events, as long as there are safety plans in place.

On Tuesday, McLean announced a new public health order with a new process for individuals or groups to hold events with more than 50 people. To be approved, the event organizer will be required to submit a health and safety plan to Central District Health. The health district is working to develop a special form on its website, which should be live later this week.

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If the plan is recommended for approval by CHD, the event can move ahead as long as the City of Boise has approved any other permits required for alcohol compliance, security or emergency services. Events with more than 50 attendees without a CDH recommended approval will be in violation of the city’s health order.

“I’m excited to offer a path for people to return safely to the events we’ve missed so much over the last year,” Mayor Lauren McLean said in a press release. “I want to thank Central District Health for partnering with us, our local healthcare providers, regional partners, the business community, and especially our residents for helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

This allows events like outdoor concerts and the Bike Sky Basketball Championships to move ahead with CDH approval. City of Boise events will also have to submit plans to CHD for approval. Masks and six feet of social distance between attendees will still be required.

This comes after a steady decline in COVID-19 cases nationwide, and in Ada County. According to data analyzed by the Idaho Statesman, the state had a positivity rate of 5.1% between February 14 and 20th. 1,863 Idahoans died from COVID-19 since mid-March 2020 when the first positive case appeared in the Gem State.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev senior reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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