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ABOUT THE ADA COUNTY ORDER

June 24, 2020 - In Effect Until Further Notice
Read the current order HERE. (July 28, 2020) | View Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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 moving between stages. The CDH Board of Health is meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 4 pm. 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. 
  • 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.
  • Operation of bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
  • 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 moving between stages.


BARS / NIGHTCLUBS / BREWERIES, WINERIES & DISTILLERIES

Q: Are bars and nightclubs allowed to stay open?
A:
No. Under the order bars and nightclubs are declared under quarantine and must remain closed to onsite consumption of beverages.

Q: Are breweries, wineries and distilleries closed under the CDH Order?
A: Under CDH’s order, breweries, wineries and distilleries may remain open. In making this decision, CDH considered where the highest rate of disease transmission has been occurring in its communities. The business model of wineries, distilleries, and breweries was also a major contributing factor, as they are often able to operate more like a restaurant. For instance, they can easily close their bar tops (if applicable), they serve customers at tables that are spaced 6-feet or more apart, patrons tend to go together and sit together, and patrons know who they are with and tend not to interact with other patrons, as is more common in a bar or nightclub. It is important to note that if a brewery, winery or distillery is operating like a bar and positive cases are being connected to those businesses, CDH will modify the order and include them.

Q: What is the distinction between bars and restaurants?
A:
A business that sells hard alcohol for onsite consumption is a bar and is closed by this order. Restaurants can continue to serve alcohol to customers but the bar top must be closed.

Q: Can private bars/clubs stay open?
A:
Yes. Private bars/clubs are not subject to the CDH order and can remain open. If they are not open to the public for consumption of beverages, they are not subject to the orders issued by CDH.

Q: Can a restaurant with a bar close down the bar section but still operate the restaurant?
A:
Yes. The restaurant can stay open, but must close down the bar top. The establishment must prohibit counter and bar ordering and have drinks and food served at tables. Wineries and Breweries can operate as long as they do not allow bar top seating or ordering; beer and wine must be served to customers seated at tables appropriately spaced, along with other safety protocols. They can also provide curbside pick-up and/or offer delivery.

Q: Can a hotel keep the restaurant open, but shut down the bar?
A:
Yes. The restaurant can stay open, but must close down the bar top. The establishment must prohibit counter and bar ordering and have drinks and food served at tables.


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.

RELATED PAGES

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