McCall City Council passes face mask order ahead of holiday weekend

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 08:58:28-04

MCCALL, Idaho — Just days ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend, McCall has a new ordinance involving face masks.

McCall City Councilors held a meeting Wednesday, approving an order to make masks mandatory to help businesses stay open while protecting the public. The move comes after community transmission of COVID-19 was identified in Valley County on June 25. Councilors began to hear from constituents, receiving hundreds of comments ahead of the July 1 emergency meeting.

With cases rising in Valley County and the City of McCall, Mayor Bob Giles says they're following the advice of Central District Health and assuming everyone has the virus and are protecting themselves accordingly.

Visitors need to know that as they make their plans to enjoy McCall over the 4th of July weekend, the new mandate is already in effect. Officials are taking it very seriously and look to local law enforcement and city hall staff to educate the public. McCall Police Chief Justin Williams says he believes the order having a $100 fine attached will enable his officers to educate and then enforce when needed.

McCall remains open for responsible recreation opportunities. For more regarding the holiday weekend, click here. You can also find out more about the mask order here.