Before reporting a Boise business or individual for violating COVID-19 protocols, here’s what you need to know

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“We don’t want to have to affect people’s livelihoods and we don’t want to trespass people, so [we’re] really hoping that the threat of enforcement will work.”

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Mayor Lauren Mclean on Thursday announced a new public health order that will take effect on Monday, Nov 23. 

City facilities, including City Hall and Boise libraries, will close to the public until Jan. 15. City board and commission meetings will be limited, and access to the Boise airport will be restricted.

Also under the order, face coverings will be required in all public places, including businesses. Anyone who violates the order could be subject to certain consequences – including citations or arrest. A mask ordinance is already in place for the city of Boise but was rarely enforced. That’s about to change, according to the city officials.

If a customer refuses to follow COVID-19 protocols and won’t leave the premises, businesses can call the Boise Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch line at 208-377-6790.

Concerned customers are also urged to call the city clerk’s office at 208-608-7040 to report any incidents of businesses not complying with mask-wearing or social distancing.

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