For Immediate Release
April 9, 2021
McCall City Council renewed the mask mandate for an additional 45 days within city limits.
In last night's meeting of City Council, the majority of McCall leaders voted to continue the mask requirement within city limits, with the added understanding that a system of measurement is developed in the next few weeks allowing for a light at the end of the tunnel.
Anette Spickard, City Manager, opened the conversation with an update that specifically noted other Idaho areas with active mask mandates and the metrics that guide their decision-making. In late April or early May, Council will gather again to discuss McCall specific parameters that may include weekly case rates, Idaho rebound stages, and vaccination percentages.
Central District Health's Gina Pannell and St. Luke's Dr. Gregory Irvine, who both encouraged the importance of masks, gave a thorough update of current case rates and vaccination levels in Valley County. Although case rates are trending downward in the McCall area, they maintained that McCall's tourism was the leading threat to a possible resurgence of the virus.
The renewed mask mandate will continue with an expiration date of May 26, 2021, unless rescinded. As in the previous order, enforcement includes a $100 citation and documented health exclusion to be presented to the prosecutor.
Watch the meeting on-demand at https://youtu.be/a5KTbEKsM70
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Things to know before you go:
• In McCall masks are required by order of McCall City Council
• Tickets/Citations issued for not wearing a mask hold a fine of $100.
• Health exclusions will require documentation to the prosecutor.
• McCall is open to travelers, but mask-wearing is required for all in public spaces.
• Businesses may have protective protocols in place, such as special hours or curbside service.
• Idaho is currently under a Stage 3 Stay Healthy Order.
Yes, Council Passed a Resolution that was a Health Order Policy. Ordinance 986 McCall Emergency Powers, give the Council the authority to pass such a resolution.
It is required that in 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 that masks be worn in McCall.
Facial coverings are not required to be worn under the following circumstances(Documentation Required):
Just like anytime you break the law, you are opening yourself up to receiving a citation/ticket. In this case, the fine is $100. If you have a medical exclusion you may present it to the officer or to the prosecutor.
As a business owner, it is your right to protect your business, facilities, and employee. This health order gives you the ability to enforce openly and clearly supporting your own mask policy. All businesses within McCall city limits are subject to the city's health order. If a patron does not comply with the order you have the right to ask them to leave. If at any point feel that you are unsafe, or threaten or need law enforcement, please call 911.
Inside McCall City limits.
What would you do if you saw someone not wearing a seat belt? That is a great way to think about it!
Please consider leading by example.
Consider setting a good example, speaking to the business owner if you are feeling uncomfortable. It is not appropriate in this instance to call law enforcement that is up to the business owner. It is also not appropriate to shame or start an unnecessary altercation.
Mask Up McCall Signs are available through City Hall. 208-634-7142
The CDH Advisory Order outlines many things you can do to reduce your chances of contracting or passing COVID. The Advisory does stress that gathering is discouraged especially with those outside your normal household (those you live with). CDH recommends that for the greatest level of protection stay in your household group and avoid contact with others especially when not wearing a mask.