Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced new protocols for events held in city-owned facilities and events that require a permit from the city.
Starting Friday, organizers of events with less than 250 people must mandate masks indoors and outdoors if six feet of distance can’t be maintained. Events with more than 250 people must require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and masks indoors and outside if six feet of distance can’t be maintained.
Additionally, all event organizers must provide masks to attendees, submit a plan through the city’s special events process for approval, and COVID-19 protocol ambassadors are required on site. Events with more than 250 people must also have sanitization stands in place and organizers must submit a traffic flow plan for approval to prevent COVID-19 spread and promote physical distancing.
McLean says 65% of Boiseans are vaccinated, which is good, but not it’s not enough. McLean added that the city will take additional steps in the future if needed.
The new protocols come as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in and around Boise.
“It’s up to all of us to do what we can to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19,” McLean said. “Please get vaccinated if you can and wear a mask indoors, and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. These simple steps are proven to slow the spread of the virus. Together, we can keep our community safe, continue enjoying events and come out of this pandemic stronger.”