Stage 3 public health order released for Boise

Posted at 5:04 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 13:04:50-04

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Little announced May 28 that the State of Idaho will move to stage three in the Idaho Rebounds plan. Central District Health and the State of Idaho have been assessing data about the spread of the virus, healthcare capacity and the public health system’s ability to test, trace and isolate rapidly.

Based on the state’s orders, and in consultation with Central District Health, the City of Boise will adopt the Stage Three plan with some additional safety measures. Mayor Lauren McLean signed public health orders, coinciding with the state’s plan, that will:

  • Require businesses to follow the business safety protocols as outlined by the state.
  • Provide for additional protection at the Boise Airport, allowing only travelers, essential workers and assistance aides be allowed in public areas.
  • Require physical distancing of six feet unless protocols have been issued by the state and require sanitation requirements.
  • Limit group gatherings to 50 people or fewer.
  • Make provisions to accommodate public meetings.

"We must understand that we are not out of the woods yet and this virus continues to pose a very serious health risk to us all. We, as a city, are carefully balancing public health with the reopening of our community. I continue to urge our residents to be vigilant about how we safely re-open our businesses and community, so we don’t lose ground on our shared gains. We are thoughtfully starting back into City Hall, requiring physical distancing, face masks and staff screenings," said Mayor McLean in a press release.

Regular updates on all services and facilities can be found at the City of Boise’s COVID-19 Resource Center or by calling 208-608-7000.

City Department Updates for Stage Three

  • City of Boise staff are increasingly be back in City Hall in phased reopening across city departments.
  • City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission will begin to hold hybrid meetings, offering both remote and in-person attendance opportunities.
  • Design Review and Historic Preservation will continue to meet remotely.
  • Department of Finance and Administration
    • Downtown Parking enforcement will resume for Zones 1 and 2. Zone 3 will remain free.
    • Business Licenses: any new license or renewal will be handled through online application process. Applications requiring fingerprinting will be handled by appointment only
  • The Boise Public Library is expanding curbside service at all locations Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book drops are open seven days a week at all locations.
  • City Hall West will be open by appointment for limited services. Please contact the department directly for details.

Boise Parks and Recreation Stage 3 Reopening
Here’s what you can do:

  • Boise Parks and Recreation Playcamps begin June 1 for ages 6-12.
  • Youth sports leagues can resume practices on City of Boise outdoor fields once team health and safety protocols are submitted to Boise Parks and Recreation [].
  • Play on a playground in a City of Boise park.
  • Skate at Rhodes Skate Park and other skate parks managed by the City of Boise.
  • Use trailhead restrooms and restrooms in City of Boise parks.
  • Ride a bike at the Willow Lane BMX Jump Park.
  • Ride the dirt trails and pump tracks at the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park.
  • Play a round at Quail Hollow Golf Course or Warm Springs Golf Course. Limited clubhouse services are available.
  • Use fenced dog parks in the City of Boise: Together Treasure Valley Dog Island, the Military Reserve Dog Park, Morris Hill Dog Park, Mariposa Park Dog Park, and Pine Grove Dog Park.
  • Visit a tennis or pickleball court at a park in Boise and play drop-in singles or doubles.
  • Make a reservation for a City of Boise park shelter or picnic site for dates on or after June 1. Stage 3 allows for gatherings of up to 50 people.
  • Visit the ponds and swim, fish or paddle at Quinn’s and Esther Simplot Park.
  • Take a walk or ride your bike on the Greenbelt. Stay at least six feet from anyone outside your immediate household.
  • Visit a park or use a trail in the Boise Foothills, but social distancing of at least six feet should always be practiced.
  • Surf or kayak at the Boise Whitewater Park.