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No mask? Boise could soon fine you $1,000 and jail you for up to six months

No mask? Boise could soon fine you $1,000 and jail you for up to six months

Dustin Hurst
July 2, 2020
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July 2, 2020

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean will issue an order requiring people within Boise city limits to don face masks.

The edict will go into effect on Independence Day. Those who don't comply with the mandate could face a misdemeanor charge, which carries with it a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of no more than 6 months.

McLean issued a news release Thursday afternoon to explain the order and its exemptions.

“It requires everyone to use face coverings in the City of Boise,” the mayor explained in the statement. “Coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth are now required in all indoor and outdoor public places. There will be a few exceptions for children under the age of 5, on-duty first responders, or those with health or communication concerns.”

It's unclear at the moment how McLean and the city will enforce the order.

Boise is the latest Idaho city to impose such a mandate. Hailey, Moscow, and McCall have all institute similar ordinances this week.

Read McLean's full order below:

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