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Idaho Falls creating enforcement guidelines for COVID-19 restrictions

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho Falls officials are sharing details on how they will handle violations of COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Governor Little.

Police Chief Bryce Johnson says police will not be responding to reports of gatherings within private residences, but public gatherings could result in citations.

Chief Johnson says the laws placing limits on gatherings include many exemptions and other complexities. For this reason, not every officer will be authorized to issue those citations. "A captain or I will respond to those calls," Johnson says, "we will not disband gatherings. We will issue a citation to the event organizer and let them discuss with a judge at a later date whether that gathering was appropriate."

The resolution passed Tuesday night also clarifies that businesses can refuse service who do not comply with rules they set. Businesses can even seek police help in such encounters as well as press charges for trespassing.

For any additional information on city policies visit the Idaho Falls website here.

Specifics on Governor Little's November 14th order, and gathering exemptions can be found here.

Chief Johnson urges the community not to call dispatch with questions about law enforcement. Those lines need to stay free for emergency purposes.

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Andrew Howe

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  1. “….that businesses can refuse service who do not comply with rules they set.”
    I understand–honestly, I really DO–that elected officials at ALL levels are stymied by the realization that THEY can do nothing effectual about the COVID-19 ‘pandemic’ other than add fuel to the fire.
    That said, the ‘responses’ from ANY of the many levels of government(s) are so inane as to be amusing!
    A. Stores (‘retailer’ or otherwise) have ALWAYS had the right to ‘refuse service’ to any of their customers. Example: A food service does not HAVE to post a sign saying “No shirt/No shoes/no service” in order to ‘refuse’ service to someone trying to enter sans shoes, etc.
    B. Although it is not AS obvious in places such as WallyWorld, etc., businesses–for most of this year–have had a serious decline in income. To NOW ‘grant’ the right to do something that
    (A) ‘allows’ retailers to do something that (B) they will NOT shows the true impotence (from fear of losing VOTES) that permeates politicians!
    I wear a mask when inside buildings although I have ZERO confidence in said masks having a measurable preventive ability. I wear MINE solely because OTHERS do not share my opinion. I am CERTAIN I am not the ONLY one who feels this way. There IS a positive side to this: The local politicians cannot actually SEE the cynicism to their ‘efforts’ on my face. 😉

  2. Agree….with almost all.
    I wear my mask inside stores that post that their policy is a mask. However, if a person is to wear a mask, it means over the nose. People who wear a mask with their nose sticking out look like morons.
    And yes, stores always had the right to contact LE to enforce a trespassing violation.
    One example is guns. A no gun sign is not legally enforceable in Idaho; however, if the management sees your gun, they can ask you to leave, you don’t, police can be called and you will be escorted out due to malicious trespass of the state of ID code.

    As for masks, in March they did not work per Dr. Death (Fauci), in April, it was a good idea and since then it has become the gold standard and yet, stats show cities with lockdowns and mask requirements have had the largest surge. Until colleges started to open (ISU for example) and then the cold weather hit.

    BUT I AM NOT WEARING A MASK IN OPEN IN A PARKING LOT WITH NOT NONE CLOSER THAN 6 FEET AND IF SOMEONE YELLS AT ME; PLEASE UNDERSTAND THERE WILL BE W TWO WORK REPLY. GUESS WHAT THAT WILL BE.

    Mr. Thomas, have a great holiday….

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