19 May Message from the Mayor: Moving into Stage ll if Reopening
I want to thank you for your patience, Boise. I am deeply grateful for all of you who have been staying apart to benefit the entire community. The physical distancing that has been so difficult for us all is working.
Governor Little announced Thursday that the State of Idaho will move to Stage Two in his Idaho Rebounds plan. I support his cautious approach to how we safely re-open our state and community. It is important that we open slowly so we don’t suffer a spike in cases, resulting in shutting things back down. Our economy will rebound more quickly and stay strong for the long term if we are measured in our approach. I want to get everyone back to work so we can work together toward a resilient city for everyone.
Based on the state’s orders, and in consultation with Central District Health, we will adopt the Stage Two plan with some additional safety measures. I signed public health orders Thursday, 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 our airport, allowing only travelers and 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
- limit group gatherings to 10 people or fewer.
As we plan to get back to our lives, as we plan to reopen our businesses, we must do it in a safe and responsible manner. The City of Boise has been working diligently throughout this crisis on plans to reopen City Hall, city facilities and businesses throughout our community.
As we led in how we shut down operations, we are thoughtfully starting back into City Hall, requiring physical distancing, face masks and staff screenings.
I’m deeply grateful to our state, county and city partners collaboration and applaud everyone’s tireless work to keep everyone safe. In moments like these, people and community are our strength. We know we will pull through this together to become a stronger and more vibrant community.