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UPDATE: Health board orders mask mandate for Fremont and Jefferson counties

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UPDATE 8/11/2020 - 5:17a.m. Eastern Idaho Public Health has moved Fremont and Jefferson Counties to the yellow or Moderate Risk Level and issued an order for face coverings and other restrictions for the Counties.

E.I.P.H. says the other restrictions include smaller group gatherings, social distancing, and wearing a face mask in public.

These orders will be reviewed in 14 days and are in
effect until the Board of Health amends, supersedes, or rescinds them.

[Original Story] IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Alarmed by a large increase of COVID-19 cases in several counties over the weekend, the Eastern Idaho Public Health Board of Health will hold a special emergency meeting Monday.

The board will consider voting on potential actions to “protect life, health, and safety within the district.”  Those actions could include consideration of orders that include mandating face coverings and limiting social events and gatherings in Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton Counties.

The new order being discussed on Monday night would limit social gatherings and events both public and private to a maximum occupancy that provides approximately 28 square feet per person and allows 6 feet between non-household members.

The order also would require every person to wear a face covering that completely covers the person's nose and mouth whenever they are in a public place and other non-household members are present and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

Public places referred to in the order where face coverings would be required are both indoor and outdoor.

The order does include circumstances of people who wouldn't be required to wear a face covering.

Violations of the order could constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both according to Idaho code 39-419.

You can view the full Order of Restriction that will be voted on during Monday night's meeting down below.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at its Idaho Falls headquarters.

You can watch the meeting via Zoom HERE.

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Eastern Idaho Public Health reported 103 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday.  There were 81 new cases in Bonneville County alone.  There are now 382 active cases in the region.

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