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City of Boise releases public health order for stage four of reopening

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 13:39:47-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Mayor Lauren McLean released information on stage four public health order for the city. Governor Brad Little announced Thursday that Idaho would be moving into stage four in the state reopening plan, but by a narrow margin. In a press release, Mayor McLean says she is "profoundly appreciative to our state, county and city partners’ collaboration and applaud the community’s efforts to protect all our residents."

Mayor McLean signed public health orders Thursday that will require businesses to follow business safety protocols as outlined by the state, provide for additional protection at the Boise Airport, allowing only travelers, essential workers and assistance aids in public areas and requiring sanitation and physical distancing of six feet unless protocols have been issued by the state. Boise will continue to limit group gatherings to 250 people or less and make additional provisions to accommodate public meetings. Regular updates on all services and facilities can be found on the City of Boise website orb y calling 208-608-7000.

Visitors to City of Boise facilities are asked to practice social distancing and to wear face coverings. Residents should continue to use remote services where available and to schedule appointments.

City Hall will reopen to the public on June 22 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and City Hall West will reopen to the public starting the week of June 22. Hours for Boise Police are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by appointment. Hours for Boise Fire are Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by appointment.

The James Castle House will be open by appointment only starting July 24. All Boise Public Library locations will open the week of July 6 with a limited number of people inside at any time and with new safety protocols. Computer access appointments will be available at all library locations on July 6 and limited programming will resume in July, with most in-person programming offered outdoors.

In-person services at the Department of Finance and Administration will fully resume, including application and processing of business licenses. Permitting and Plans Examination appointments for Planning and Development Services are available at City Hall, but virtual appointments are encouraged. Utility Billing Services in-person staff for Public Works are also available at City Hall.

Outdoor basketball and volleyball courts reopen on June 13 and Zoo Boise will reopen on June 22 with a limited number of visitors allowed at a time and safety protocols in place. Zoo Camps resume the week of July 13. Splash Pads at Borah and Comba Parks and at the Grove Plaza reopen on June 13. Volunteer programs restart on June 13 as well.

Fort Boise Community Center workout facility reopens on June 22 with limited hours and safety protocols in place. Golf lessons will continue at Quail Hallow and Warm Springs on June 22 and tennis lessons will continue on that date also. Field rentals for league play and tournaments resume on July 10. Classes at Idaho IceWorld will continue on July 20 and rentals will be available starting July 10. Softball adult leagues start the week of June 22 and tournaments will start the week of July 10. AdVenture Recreation Sports will start the week of July 13.

Reservations start on July 13 for the Boise as long as gatherings adhere to group size limits. Boise Urban Garden School and Foothills Learning Center outdoor programming resumes on July 13. Fort Boise Community Center visual art classes and programming continue the week of July 13. Lifetime and Leisure Classes and programming along with performing arts classes and programming will continue the week of August 24.