Boundary County Commissioners signed a Health Emergency Order signed this morning, which had the effect of closing bars and restaurant dining rooms in Boundary County from March 27 through April 17.

Not long after it was signed, Governor Brad Little signed a more restrictive order that went into effect at 1:30 p.m. today through at least April 15th.

If residents and businesses have questions about what they should or should not do, they should refer to Governor Little's order as it takes precedence.

Here is the text of Boundary County's Public Health Emergency Order 1:

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued an emergency declaration for the Country in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases within the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed a declaration of emergency for the State of Idaho in response to concerns that cases of COVID-19 are imminent in Idaho; and

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Boundary County Board of Commissioners declared a local disaster emergency, as per the Disaster Preparedness Act (Title 46, Chapter 10 of the Idaho Code), due to the threat that COVID-19 poses to the health and welfare of the residents of Boundary County until April 14, 2020, unless extended or revoked; and

WHEREAS, the risk of community spread throughout Boundary County impacts the life and health of the public and public health is imperiled by the person-to-person spread of COVID-19, and the reduction of opportunities for the person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 is necessary to combat the spread of the disease.

WHEREAS, both the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the White House have recommended practices to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, including social distancing; and

WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, Governor Brad Little adopted these recommendations in Idaho. The recommendations include that individuals practice social distancing by not gathering in groups of more than ten (10) people and that they avoid eating at bars, restaurants and food courts. The recommendations further include that individuals use drive-up, take-out and delivery options for meals; and

WHEREAS, there are currently eighty-one (81) cases of COVID-19 within Idaho; and

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested by State Codes §46-1008, §46-1009, and §46-1011 and the common law authority to protect the public in the event of an emergency hereby orders as follows:

Section 1. Bars.

All bars, taverns, nightclubs, private liquor clubs, taprooms, tasting rooms, mobile bars, cabarets and saloons, as well as all other alcohol licensed premises for by the glass sales of alcoholic beverages as defined by ADAPA 11.05.01, or I.C. §39-5502, 23-942, or 23-902, within Boundary County shall close to members, guests, patrons, customers and the general public.

Section 2. Restaurants

All restaurants and dine-in food service within Boundary County, excluding incorporated cities and Tribal Trust lands, whether inside or outside the establishment, is prohibited. Restaurants and dine-in service means any eating establishment including, but not limited to, coffee shops, cafes, private dining clubs, and cafeterias that give or offer for sale food to the public, guests or employees. Restaurants may not admit members, guests, patrons or customers inside the establishment except to pick up food for take-out.

Curbside take-out and drive-through food service (in addition to pickup service as noted above) is permitted.

Where possible online and telephonic credit card transactions are strongly encouraged. Cash payments are strongly discouraged.

Delivery food service is permitted. Where possible on-line and telephonic credit card transactions are strongly encouraged, cash payments are strongly discouraged.

Employees who handle cash or credit cards shall use cleansing methods between each transaction. All employees are strongly encouraged to wear protective items when preparing, delivering, or completing transactions

Section 3. Exemptions.

This order shall not apply to emergency overnight or day shelters that provide food service to persons experiencing homelessness, grocery stores, and gas stations, or other emergency government responses.

Section 4. Duration

This Emergency Order shall take effect at 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020 and shall remain in effect through midnight on April 17, 2020, unless extended, terminated or modified prior.

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