Masks Required in all Indoor/Outdoor Public Spaces
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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2021
McCall City Council sets an intention to protect its tourism-based community by passing an enforceable mask requirement effective immediately.
On February 25, during a regular city council meeting, councilors discussed the hundreds of comments submitted by their community, received an update from Valley County Commissioner and Central District Health (CDH) Board Member, Elt Hasbrouck, and guidance from St. Luke’s McCall Chief of Staff, Dr. Gregory Irvine. “We’re not done with this pandemic ng yet, there’s still a great deal to do,” advised Dr. Irvine, as he strongly urged City Council to resume the mask mandate in McCall.
The majority of the McCall City Council voted in favor of the order committing to protect its population with a reinstated mask order. Effective this evening, February 26, 2021 at 12:00am, law enforcement will implement a mask mandate with an enforceable citation of $100. Overall, this new mandate is less severe than the previous CDH order and is no longer a prosecutable offense unless the fine goes unpaid. The mandate is in place for forty-five (45) days.
The main modification to the renewed mask order is in the medical exemption. Where previously medical exemptions could be claimed without documentation to avoid citation, now at the discretion of a McCall Police Officer, you may still receive a ticket with the opportunity to present medical documentation.
“False medical claims have become routine in McCall to avoid wearing a mask, this new mandate supports those who actually do have a medical condition by allowing them the opportunity to present their documentation to either the officer or the prosecutor,” said Chief of Police, Justin Williams.
McCall’s increased tourism population, the new U.K. and South African variant strains present in Idaho, and limited health care services in the region account for the core reasons for the mandate. These emphasize the need to be proactive in encouraging our locals and visitors to follow CDC guidelines, respect the local advisories by our local health district as well as the new order.
On February 19, 2021, the CDH Board, rescinded their mask mandate and initiated a Public Health Advisory in its place which is still active.
When visiting McCall, please protect yourselves, protect us and protect our mountain playground by wearing a mask, recreating responsibly, and learning more about our region before you arrive.
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Things to know before you go:
• In McCall masks are required by order of McCall City Council through April 11, 2021.
• Tickets/Citations issued for not wearing a mask hold a fine of $100.
• Health exclusions will require documentation to the officer and/prosecutor.
• McCall is open to travelers, but mask wearing is now required for all indoor and outdoor public spaces.
• Businesses may have protective protocols in place, such as special hours or curbside service.
• Idaho is currently in Stage 3.
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):
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.
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 and within 5 miles 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.
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.
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.