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ABOUT THE ADA COUNTY ORDER

June 24, 2020 - In Effect Until Further Notice
Read the current order HERE. (September 4, 2020)
View Frequently Asked Questions


View the Criteria Document being used in conjunction with this order (revised 8/12/20)

The number of COVID-19 infections reported to Central District Health since June 11, 2020, has significantly increased compared to the previous thirty-day time period. Epidemiological investigations conducted by Central District Health of infected individuals provides an association of a large number of infections in patrons and employees of Ada County bars and nightclubs and increased community transmission.

On Monday, June 22, 2020, Central District Health’s (CDH) Director, along with the Board of Health, announced a public health order for Ada County to move back to many of the guidelines in Idaho’s Stage 3 for COVID-19 response. The Ada County order took effect on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 am. Since its original adoption, the order has gone through some amendments.

Timeline:

  • June 24, 2020: Order took effect in Ada County.
  • June 26, 2020: Order was made void during an emergency board meeting after it was discovered that the meeting at which the order was oringially decided upon, did not receive proper public notification.
    • The board voted to adopt a new order, which was signed and made effective immediately. No changes were made to the original wording of the order. All elements from the original order were adopted and are included in the order signed.
  • July 7, 2020: Order was voided to cure an open meeting violation. The Board re-adopted the order, which was made effective immediately with the following change in language: Gatherings of 50 or more, both public and private, shall [formerly, should] be avoided. People participating in gatherings of 50 or fewer people, while permitted, should adhere to social distancing and sanitation and wear face coverings. No other language was changed from the previous order. Additionally, the Board supported that CDH Director Russ Duke and staff draft language around face coverings for consideration at the July 14, 2020 Board meeting.
  • July 14, 2020: Board approved the addition of mandatory face coverings to the Ada County Order.
    View Board of Health agendas HERE.
  • July 21, 2020: The Central District Health Board met for its regularly scheduled meeting to discuss recent COVID-19 developments. As part of the meeting, Dr. Peterman, CEO with Primary Health provided testing data from across Primary Health’s Ada and Canyon County test sites, which most recently shows a 9.6% positivity rate. Discussion also occurred around the recent increase in cases among those younger than 18 years and what that might mean with the start of the upcoming school year and into the school year with the onset of cold and flu season.
    CDH’s Board discussed the idea of drafting specific, clear mandatory mask language for all schools within Ada County for future consideration. Draft language will be written and posted to CDH’s website for public comment in advance of the next Board meeting on July 28, 2020. The Board may also consider mandatory mask language to include child care settings in Ada County.
  • July 28, 2020: The Board of Health approves specific language clarifying the mandatory wearing of face coverings/masks in educational settings within Ada County.
  • August 4, 2020: Board of Health requests draft Order language be written for consideration at August 11 meeting. Requested draft language includes: A face covering order for Valley County, limiting group gatherings in Ada County to a size of less than 25 or less than 10, and closing gyms in Ada County. Draft language for these discussion points will be posted to the Board of Health web page and available for written comment to the Board: boh@cdh.idaho.gov. Please ensure comments are submitted by 4 pm on Monday, August 10 to allow time for Board review. Anticipated discussion at the August 11 meeting will also include a review of recent data points being used in public health decision making within CDH's jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. | View Board of Health Meetings Page
  • August 11, 2020: Board of Health approves face covering order for Valley County; restricts Ada County social gatherings to no more than 10 people | New Valley County Face Covering Order | Updated Ada County Order
  • September 4, 2020: Board of Health approves lifting quarantine on all bars and nightclubs when CDH designates Ada County as category 2 (Yellow) for schools. All bars and nightclubs previously closed by order of quarantine are allowed to open to the public for on-site consumption of beverages after the district approves their individual plans for reopening. | Updated Ada County Order

WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL END DATE FOR THIS ORDER?

CDH and its Board of Health have not assigned a targeted end date for the order; instead, cases will be monitored closely and specific criteria will be used to help make decisions about loosening or strengthening the order. View the Criteria Document (revised 8/12/20)

The CDH Board of Health is meeting virtually each week on Tuesdays at 5:15 pm with some exceptions for other regularly scheduled meetings. View Board of Health meeting agendas and information, HERE. | View Data Dashboard


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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE ORDER?

Please refer to the latest order for specific language and additional details.

Individuals

  • Gatherings of more than 50 or more, both public and private, are prohibited. People participating in gatherings of 50 or fewer people (which is allowed), should adhere to social distancing and sanitation and wear face coverings. 
  • Social gatherings greater than 10 are prohibited. Social gatherings are private gatherings of people for the common purpose of relaxation or social interaction convening more than ten people in a single indoor room or outdoor space at the same time, where physical distancing of six feet is not maintained. Social gatherings do not include persons patronizing theaters, restaurants, retail establishments, or similar private businesses where social distancing is practiced, or attending places of worship for the purpose of exercising religious activities.
  • Individuals not residing within the same household should maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing from others whenever possible.
  • Every person is required to wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person is in a public place and others are present and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
  • A public place is defined as any place open to all members of the public without specific invitation, including but not necessarily limited to, retail, business establishments, government offices, medical, educational, arts and recreational institutions, public transportation, including taxi cabs and ridesharing vehicles, outdoor public areas, including, but not limited to public parks, trails, streets, sidewalks, lines for entry, exit, or service, when a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from any non-household member.

Facial coverings are not required to be worn under the following circumstances:

  • Children under the age of 2.
  • Persons with medical conditions, mental health condition, or disability that prevent them from wearing a face covering. A person is not required to provide documentation demonstrating that the person cannot tolerate wearing a face covering.
  • Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons, including on-duty law enforcement officers, for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose, face, or head for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, so long as they engage in physical distancing.

Employers
  • Ensure measures are in place so employees and cusotmers maintain at least six-foot physical distancing from other individuals whenever possible. Provide adequate sanitation and personal hygiene for employees, vendors, and patrons.
  • Frequently disinfect commonly touched and high-traffic areas, and regularly clean those areas.
Specific Type of Employers / Businesses
  • Visits to senior living facilities, the Ada County Jail and state correctional facilities are prohibited. Employees and providers who do interact with residents, patients, and inmates must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and infection prevention.
  • Large venue gatherings (e.g. concert venues, sporting venues, parades, festivals, etc.) are prohibited.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FACE COVERINGS

Q: Is this order and the requirement to wear a face covering / mask enforceable?
A: The requirement to wear a face covering in public places that are open to the general public without specific invitation is specifically addressed in the order of quarantine and restriction, which people are required to follow by law. A person can be issued a misdemeanor if they are in violation of any part of the order. CDH is relying heavily on the public's willingness to comply and recognize that wearing a face covering is a valuable tool to protect our communities. In working with our law enforcement partners, we anticipate the enforcement approach will be largely be focused on education.

Q: Do daycares / child care centers have to wear face coverings / masks?
A: Daycares are not included in the orders; only public places, which are locations open to the general public without specific invitation. CDH has issued guidance for child care providers, but wearing face coverings is a guideline and not a requirement.

CDH's guideline states: CDC recommends that all children 2 years and older should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important in the event that someone is infected but does not have symptoms. Please remember that cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.

Q: Do I need to wear a face covering / mask at church?
A: If the church is considered to be open to the public without invitation, yes. Otherwise, no.

Q: Do people working out at a gym need to wear a face covering / mask?
A:
No, but gyms must keep people 6-feet or more apart, provide hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces, and increase ventilation if possible.


Q: What authority does CDH have to implement an Order?
A:
Idaho Code § 56-1003(7), IDAPA 16.02.10.065.08, and .09, Idaho Code § 39-415, and Idaho Code § 67-5247 authorize Central District Health to issue such an order: An immediate danger to the public health, safety and welfare of the people of the Central District Health, and of the State of Idaho, requires the imposition of this emergency quarantine and restriction Order.
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title56/t56ch10/sect56-1003/ https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title39/T39CH4/SECT39-415/


Q: Why don't we just allow people to get COVID and develop herd immunity?
A:
Not everyone has mild illness – we have an obligation to protect our most vulnerable residents and see that if they do get sick, they have access to the care they need. We must also take measures to ensure that our health care system is in a position to provide necessary care to anyone who needs it. CDC indicates that although the presence of antibodies when detected can indicate at least some degree of immunity, until it’s better determined how long and to what degree immunity happens with COVID, it can’t be assumed that individuals with truly positive antibody test results are protected from future infection.


Q: Why are we doing this since hospitals are not inundated with patients?
A:
It is very fortunate that despite the increased cases we are seeing, that illness severity has been mild to moderate so far. In part, because of that mild illness, what we are seeing through our case investigations is that these individuals have had many contacts while they have been infectious – they’re out in the community not realizing they’re infectious and they’re visiting elderly relatives, socializing with friends and co-workers. They are unknowingly exposing a host of people in their lives to the virus. The increase in cases locally could prove particularly challenging for individuals at much higher risk for severe illness. This often means a greater number of hospitalizations and potentially more unfavorable outcomes.


Q: Does the order require people to wear a face covering/mask in public?
A:
Yes. As of July 14, 2020 face coverings are required. Every person is required to wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person is in a public place and others are present and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. A public place is defined as any place open to all members of the public without specific invitation, including but not necessarily limited to, retail, business establishments, government offices, medical, educational, arts and recreational institutions, public transportation, including taxi cabs and ridesharing vehicles, outdoor public areas, including, but not limited to public parks, trails, streets, sidewalks, lines for entry, exit, or service, when a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from any non-household member.

Facial coverings are not required to be worn under the following circumstances:

  • Children under the age of 2.
  • Persons with medical conditions, mental health condition, or disability that prevent them from wearing a face covering. A person is not required to provide documentation demonstrating that the person cannot tolerate wearing a face covering.
  • Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons, including on-duty law enforcement officers, for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose, face, or head for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, so long as they engage in physical distancing.

Q: When does the order end? How is CDH deciding?
A:
CDH and its Board of Health have not assigned a targeted end date for the order; instead, cases will be monitored closely and specific criteria will be used to help make decisions about loosening or strengthening the order.


BARS / NIGHTCLUBS / BREWERIES, WINERIES & DISTILLERIES

Q: Are bars and nightclubs allowed to open?
A:
Yes. Under the updated Ada County Order, (9/4/2020) bars and nightclubs are allowed to open upon CDH designating Ada County schools as Category 2/Yellow. All bars and nightclubs previously closed by order of quarantine are allowed to open to the public for on-site consumption of beverages after the district approves their individual plans for reopening.

Bars and nightclubs must abide by specific health and safety practices as outlined in this document.

Q: How is the operation of Ada County bars and nightclubs linked to school categories?

A: At a meeting on September 4, 2020, the Board of Health voted to lift the quarantine on all Ada County bars and nightclubs that had been in effect since June 24, 2020, when Ada County schools moved into Yellow/Category 2. The Board used this as a decision point for reopening, however, there is no ongoing association between school categories and the operation of bars/nightclubs. The Board was not comfortable authorizing bars and nightclubs to operate, even with restrictions in place, while schools were recommended to not facilitate in-person learning while still designated in the Red /Category 3.

Under the revised public health order, bars and nightclubs choosing to operate

  • must abide by specific requirements that address the health and safety of staff and patrons as outlined in the order,
  • must submit their operational plans to CDH,
  • must receive approval before opening their doors.

Additionally, CDH's Board of Health may, at any time, implement orders for closure, should illness clusters prove connected to their operation.


TRAVEL / GATHERINGS / TOURNAMENTS / VISITS TO CONGREGATE SETTINGS

Q: What are the travel restrictions when entering the state of Idaho? Do people need to self-isolate for 14 days when entering into Idaho?
A: A 14-day self-quarantine is encouraged, but not required, for people entering Idaho from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho. Residents need to be mindful of where they travel and take appropriate precautions.

Q: Do we need to cancel our indoor/outdoor weddings? What is the guest limit? What is the protocol?
A:
Gatherings, both public and private, of 10-50 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures (wearing face coverings) are observed can occur. The guest limit is 50 people maximum. An alternative is live streaming the gathering/wedding for people who can’t/don’t want to attend to keep the amount of people attending limited.

Q: Do places of worship need to shut down?
A:
Places of worship were allowed to open in Stage 1 and can stay open. They must follow the “Stay Healthy Order,” and follow precautionary measures.

Q: Our organization/foundation is holding an upcoming event. Do we need to cancel?
A:
It depends on the specifics of the event. The event should plan to have no more than 50 individuals in attendance at once and plan to follow precautionary measures to protect staff and participants.

Q: Should Prom be cancelled?
A:
Yes, if more than 50 people will be attending. The event should plan to have no more than 50 individuals in attendance at once and plan to follow precautionary measures to protect staff and participants.

Q: What are tournament/youth activity rules? Can they still play if they have less than 50 people? What about spectators?
A:
They can still play if they follow guidelines and establish protocols to maintain the six (6) foot physical distance among participants, where possible, and between youth, adult leaders and coaches, and parents or other spectators. Youth sports can still take place. It’s ideal if there are no more than 50 spectators.

Q: Can large gatherings in Ada County still happen?
A:
No. Large venue gatherings in Ada County (concert venues, sporting venues, parades, festivals, etc.) are prohibited.

Q: Can I visit senior centers, the Ada Co jail, or state correctional facilities?
A:
No. Visits to senior centers, the Ada County jail and state correctional facilities are prohibited. Employees and providers who interact with residents, patients, and inmates must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and infection prevention.


GENERAL

Q: Can I get out of quarantine early if I get a negative test result during that time period?
A:
No. A negative test result during that timeframe (14-day self-quarantine) doesn’t shorten that period. If the health department or someone with COVID identifies you as a close contact, you need to quarantine for 14 days after that last exposure.

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MAIN COVID-19 PAGE + DATA | COVID-19 FOR HEALTHCARE
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS, SCHOOLS, GENERAL PUBLIC
CDH SERVICES DURING COVID-19
STATE OF IDAHO COVID-19 WEBSITE | IDAHO REBOUNDS WEBSITE
CDC COVID-19 WEBSITE | Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades