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Following CDC, McLean removes order to wear masks outside in Boise

Masks are no longer required outside in Boise.

On Wednesday, the City of Boise announced Mayor Lauren McLean rescinded the city’s health order requiring face coverings outdoors. This is in accordance with the latest guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which says Americans can remain without masks in small outdoor gatherings.

“I’m thrilled that we will again see each other’s smiling faces in our neighborhoods, as we walk to businesses, and in our outdoor areas,” Mayor Lauren McLean said in a news release. “I’m grateful to the health care professionals helping us make science based decisions, and proud of the progress Boiseans are making together. We’re nearing the end of this, as more and more people get vaccinated.”  

For most of the last year, Americans have been asked to wear masks and stay six feet away from others both outdoors and indoors to stop the spread of COVID-19. This new relaxed guidance from the federal government comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the decline and vaccinations are on the rise. Research found only 10% of documented virus transmission happened outdoors, according to the Associated Press.

Boise’s mask order still requires masks indoors where the airborne virus spreads more easily.

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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