Rising COVID case rates and hospital strains closes Boise facilities

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean signed a public health order Thursday closing many city facilities to the public due to rising COVID case rates and hospital strains.

“Boise is currently experiencing a COVID-19 health crisis,” McLean said. “The rate of spread is rising, and experts predict that without action, the infection rate will increase exponentially.”

CBS2 reports on Monday (Nov. 23), City Hall, City Hall West, City of Boise Libraries, Boise WaterShed, Foothills Learning Center, Boise Depot, Boise Urban Garden School, Fort Boise Community Center and the James Castle House will all be temporarily closed to the public. The closures will last until at least Jan. 15.

Some services will be given remotely and Boise Libraries will continue to offer curbside services and computer access.

“Current community hospital models require immediate action to keep our community safe, ease the burden on the health care system and control community spread,” Mayor McLean said. “What we are currently doing is not working. If we do not change our approach our health and our economy will suffer.”

Idaho IceWorld, the Boise Senior Center, and Boise Municipal Pools will also be closed through the Summer of 2021.

“The decision to close these facilities on a more permanent basis was made with the safety of our staff and our community as the immediate priority,” McLean said. “Additionally, the City of Boise reviewed the budget implications of maintaining and operating these facilities when making this decision.”

The City of Boise’s Public Health Order will take effect on Monday and it includes:

Requires face coverings
Limits city board and commissions meetings
Restricts Boise Airport access and other unique city businesses
Creates consequences for individuals and businesses who knowingly violate orders.

There is no custom code to display.

Blogs

Worthington BLOG: The Battleground States

Worthington BLOG: The Battleground States

The Battleground States By Rick Worthington 10/12/2020   Idaho is a RED STATE. Very Red. I hereby am ready to call Idaho and it’s mere 4 electoral votes for Donald Trump and Republicans in the 2020 Presidential Election. I am not walking out on a limb, because Idaho is not a swing state, or Battleground…

Worthington BLOG:  From Patriot to Punchline

Worthington BLOG: From Patriot to Punchline

From Patriot to Punchline By Rick Worthington 9/3/20 Have you ever tried to do something good, but went about doing it the wrong way? I think, that is what we saw from Ammon Bundy during the Special Session in Idaho. I fear those actions have tainted the man’s reputation as a freedom fighter to what…

Worthington BLOG: Racism is more common than you think

Worthington BLOG: Racism is more common than you think

  Racism is more common than you think 6/4/20   By: Rick Worthington I guess this is as good a time as any to admit, the #BLM rallies in Idaho and the rioting in other areas has me thinking more about racism than I have in years. Let us speak honestly. Racism exists, and it is…

Worthington BLOG: Don’t Judge Me For Opening My Business Early

Worthington BLOG: Don’t Judge Me For Opening My Business Early

Worthington BLOG: Don’t Judge Me For Opening My Business Early 5/13/20 By Rick Worthington I’m not one to rebel or clash against the government. I believe in the rule of law, and abide by the law as best I can…for the most part. Yes, I’ve had a speeding ticket in my lifetime. I mean, I’ve…