Following a report that the Central District Health Board violated state open meeting laws, the group held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon to rescind the directive that returned Ada County to Stage 3 coronavirus restrictions starting Wednesday, June 24.
The board heard a presentation about the violation from its attorney Michael Kane, who recommended rescinding the directive issued during the illegal meeting that happened last Saturday, June 20.
The board unanimously voted Friday to rescind the previous directive and immediately moved to reissue the Stage 3 restrictions. The proceedings were interrupted by a non-board member who identified himself as Wayne Hoffman. Hoffman, of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, asked for a period of public comment prior to the directive being reissued.
A board member responded that there would be no comment period and the board voted unanimously to reissue the restrictions. The health board's directive closes bars and nightclubs in Ada County, limited gatherings to fewer than 50 people and prohibits outside visitors at elder care facilities.
Hoffman was one of about 50 people on the call, hosted with WebEx software. The local health board has seven members and District Director Russel Duke also attends. Background noise from non-board members hampered the meeting from start to finish.
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