Ada county bars to close amid new virus outbreak

Ada County, the most populous in Idaho will be rolled back to Stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan and all bars will be ordered to close after a spike in coronavirus cases.

The return to higher restrictions was announced Monday afternoon by Central District Health.

According to the health district, bars are to close down by 12:01 a.m. Mountain Time Wednesday morning. The rest of the state will continue to remain in Stage 4.

Health officials in the district say there have seen “daily significant increases” in the county over the past week, bringing the total number of cases in Ada County to 1,256.

A cluster of coronavirus cases has been linked to several bars in downtown Boise. Bars were allowed to reopen under Stage 3 of the plan in May. Gatherings of more than 50 people will also be prohibited in Ada County. Visitors to longterm care facilities and correctional facilities will be suspended again as well.

It’s unclear how long the county will have to remain in Stage 3. Although Central District Health also covers Boise, Elmore, and Valley counties, the restrictions apply only to Ada County right now. (KTVB)

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