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Boise drops mask mandate, notes businesses can still require masks

The City of Boise announced it will drop the requirement for masks indoors, following newly-released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The city said it will suspend enforcement, but also noted that it would work with private businesses that choose to keep mask mandates in place on private property.

“To be clear, businesses can still require masks and social distancing,” Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said. It’s their own decision to make. We are asking citizens to respect and honor these requests.”

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Boise will also eliminate restrictions on crowd sizes, but asked both event organizers and individuals to “be safe and take appropriate health precautions.”

“It is incredible to know that getting a free, readily available vaccine is all that stands between most Boise residents and a post-Covid world,” McLean said. “I can’t wait to see smiling faces. We’ve all worked so hard to get here, and I’m thrilled to celebrate this summer with all of you.”  

The city said mask mandates will remain in effect at city-owned facilities, for now. The city is working through protocols and said it could announce changes in the future.

A statement from McLean’s office said the city could reinstitute masks or other safety measures if the COVID-19 situation changes.

Last week, the city rescinded the order for masks in outdoor settings.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
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