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Mask Mandate In Valley County? Idaho Public Health Officials Will Vote Tuesday

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Public health officials are no longer considering closing gyms in Ada County this week, but the size of public gatherings could be significantly lowered.

A recent report from the Trump administration put Idaho in the ‘red zone’ when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus. It recommended significant restrictions to tamp down transmission.

Tuesday, Central District Health board members will consider one of them: limiting the size of gatherings in Ada County to fewer than 25 people, or fewer than 10 people. CDH officials said much of the spread has come from backyard birthday parties and BBQs.

Another recommendation from the White House was to close gyms, but CDH said it hasn’t seen many cases pop up at fitness centers and won’t take it up.

The board will also vote on a mandatory mask order for Valley County. Many people from the Treasure Valley travel there on the weekends, which could possibly boost transmission rates.

Public comment will be accepted up until 4 p.m. Monday.

  • Email: boh@cdh.idaho.gov
  • Mail to: CDH Board of Health, Attn: Russ Duke, 707 N. Armstrong Place, Boise, ID 83704

The meeting will be streamed at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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