June 25, 2020
Authored by: John Kindschuh and Tom Lee
Ada County’s New Restrictions
The move back to Phase III triggers the closure of nightclubs, bars, and large venues. Some bar owners had already begun implementing temperature screenings, plastic barriers between patrons and bartenders, and constant cleaning of handrails and doorknobs, but the Central District Health division of the Idaho District Board of Health still determined that closures are necessary. Gatherings of more than 50 people are also no longer allowed. In addition, out of state visitors are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Why is the relevant for businesses outside of Ada County?
It is the first example of a jurisdiction re-closing businesses, and a sign that a trend in that direction may be coming, particularly in the bar and nightclub industries. The move also signals that infection rates may be the main driver for health officials who are making those closure decisions, and provides at least one data