INFORMATION RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS CHANGES QUICKLY. We will do our best to communicate city-wide as quickly as possible.
PLEASE READ THESE RESOURCES FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES:
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
State of Idaho: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
GOVERNOR BRAD LITTLE ISSUES STATEWIDE STAY-HOME ORDER, SIGNS EXTREME EMERGENCY DECLARATION
March 25, 2020 Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order.
Mayor Debbie Kling said, "Today we heard an announcement from the Governor that we were all waiting for. The Governor’s leadership is appreciated and now is the time to take this action. The City of Nampa has a NampaReady Community Team put together to insure the needs of our citizens are met during this difficult time."
The press release from Governor Brad Little can be viewed here: https://gov.idaho.gov/.
The order is expected to be in effect for 21 days, which would be April 15, 2020.
To learn more and read the entire order, please click:
Boise, Idaho – Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans.
He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.
“From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” Governor Little said. “And from the beginning, I stated my commitment to making decisions about our response to coronavirus based on science. With confirmed community transmission of coronavirus now occurring in Idaho’s most populated areas, we need to take strong measures to ensure our healthcare facilities are not overburdened. I am following the guidance of our public health experts and issuing a statewide stay-home order effective immediately.”
The stay-home order requires citizens to self-isolate at home if you can, not just if you are sick. This excludes healthcare, public safety and other essential workers as defined in the order. If you are high-risk, avoid leaving home. People can leave home to obtain or provide essential services as defined in the order. Employers that do not provide essential services as defined in order must take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home. Grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential businesses as defined in the order will remain open. Restaurants across the state are being ordered to close dine-in but drive-thru, pick up, and delivery will still be available. Non-essential businesses and services will close their physical locations. This includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons, and others not included in the “essential” category as defined in the order. People must limit public transit unless to provide or obtain essential
services. People must limit all discretionary travel. People must limit all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals outside the household. When you go for a walk, run, bike ride, or other outdoor recreation near your home, stay 6-feet away from individuals who are not part of your household.
“Our healthcare and public safety workers are putting themselves in harm’s way to respond to the coronavirus emergency, and we owe it to them to do our part by following this statewide stay-home order,” Governor Little added.
The statewide stay-home order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 21 days. Governor Little and public health officials will evaluate later whether to extend the order past 21 days.
Governor Little made the announcement at Gowen Field, where he visited with the Idaho National Guard personnel he recently mobilized to support civil authorities and local jurisdictions during the coronavirus emergency. At the Governor’s request, the Guardsmen are prepared to stand up a joint task force to provide mobile testing support, transport commodities, provide facilities, tents or other equipment, and other perform other duties as needed in Idaho’s coronavirus response effort. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management, a part of the Idaho Military Division, is the key emergency response planner and coordinator for interagency preparedness in Idaho.
“We will get through this together as long as we all play an active part in fighting the spread of coronavirus. I am proud of Idaho and the way we support and love our neighbors. Let’s keep it up,” Governor Little said.
The statewide stay-home order is being finalized with public health, local officials, and business today and will be available later today at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.
View Governor Little’s extreme emergency declaration here.
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Governor Brad Little also shared on Twitter 3/25/2020: Idaho’s order adopts the guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on "Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response," available at this link: https://cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_508C_0.pdf
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CITY OF NAMPA UPDATES
March 25, 2020
CITY OF NAMPA PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
To prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Nampa Parks & Recreation Department and Nampa School District will CLOSE all playgrounds effective immediately and until further notice.
There are 23 city managed playgrounds within the City of Nampa. We ask residents to refrain from using swings, slides and avoid using or touching any other park equipment until further notice.
Parks and Recreation maintenance staff will be taping off all playgrounds beginning March 25 and posting signs in English and Spanish at each site alerting residents to these closures.
Although the playgrounds will be closed, the parks and pathways will remain open to the public at this time. Please note this is subject to any further guidance issued by the health district or State of Idaho. Citizens are reminded to follow recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities.
For a complete list of parks in Nampa, please visit our website at http://www.namparecreation.org/167/Browse-Parks.
For information specific to Nampa School District closures, please visit https://www.nsd131.org/.
March 24, 2020
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DEBBIE KLING
The City of Nampa, along with the rest of the country, has been experiencing unprecedented times over the past few weeks while responding to the Coronavirus. Following Southwest District Health guidelines, we have closed the Ford Idaho Center, Nampa Civic Center, Nampa Rec Center, Nampa Public Library, and Nampa City Hall to visitors. Our employees continue to work and serve the City. Departments are fully functioning while implementing best practices to limit the spread of this illness in our community.We have received feedback from Nampa citizens and wish to thank them for taking the time to reach out to my office. Your comments and concerns are important to me. Some citizens are supportive and thankful that city leadership has recommended voluntary social distancing rather than mandatory action through an official ordinance. Others feel we should be taking stronger action.
As Mayor, I have been in daily communication with other elected officials, local and state health authorities and our emergency management teams. Please know we are following the guidance of Southwest District Health, who are making decisions with science and facts. As the local heath authority, they have the ability to order isolation, quarantine, shelter in place and will do so if or when the science and the situation warrants it.
We are asking citizens to do their part by taking personal and professional responsibility. If our residents govern themselves, the state or local governing entities do not need to. To be clear, I am asking Nampa residents to follow these guidelines:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- If you have a compromised immune system, stay home.
- If you go out in public, limit your physical distance from others to 6 feet apart and limit group sizes to 10 or less.
- Practice frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
I would like to ask our restaurants to move to carry-out or maintain the 6-foot distance so we don’t have to implement an ordinance. I am asking our law enforcement to check in at social gathering places to ensure they are following the recommended social distancing.
If you are uncomfortable with any business or location who is not adhering to these actions, do not visit them.
Please do these things now, voluntarily, and for the protection of our community and economy. There could come a time when Nampa City Council chooses to mandate certain restrictions. But for now, we are following the recommendations of our local health authorities and asking each Nampa resident to self-govern. I love our community and I know you do, too. Thank you for supporting your local community by doing what’s right.
March 17, 2020
Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Permits: The Wastewater Treatment Plant will close its public access until April 1, 2020. Permit services will be available by phone (208-250-3081) and email (email@example.com).Hard copy permit submittals and pickups will still be available in the City Hall lobby. Please call ahead to coordinate the drop off and pick up of hard copy permits that are ready to submit or issue.March 16, 2020
CITY OF NAMPA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY, ADDITIONAL CLOSURES ANNOUNCEDNampa Mayor Debbie Kling joined cities and counties across the Treasure Valley today in declaring a state of emergency in response to growing concerns related to COVID-19. Nampa City Council will be asked to ratify the emergency declaration at tonight’s meeting.As stated in the joint press release sent earlier today, “The decision to approve disaster emergency declarations is not a result of a dire or immediate need for resources. It is being done now – ahead of any crisis – so communities can proactively pursue additional resources that might be needed to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19 in the weeks and months to come.”
Nampa City Hall will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020; however, staff will be on site to respond to email and phone communication.
Building: (updated 03.17.2020)Nampa’s Building Safety Department will close its public counter until April 1, 2020 but will be available to service clients by phone (208-468-5435) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org).Same day service for residential and commercial final inspections will be suspended to give priority to critical path inspections. All final inspections will be completed within two business days after the day of request.All inspections for projects involving existing occupied homes including residential remodels, additions, and HVAC, plumbing or electrical retrofits will be suspended until after April 1, 2020. Residential water heater and HVAC retrofit permits will be issued; but we will not schedule inspections for these permits until after April 1, 2020.All inspections for emergencies will be evaluated to make sure that power, heating, water and sewer services are continued to provide safe and healthy living environment. Please email these emergencies to email@example.com.All other inspection requests will be performed same day and staff will practice social distancing.
Clerk’s Office / Passports: Will be closed to the public and suspend passport service, but continue to process online permits and licenses (https://cityofnampa.us/143/City-Clerk). Staff is available to respond to phone (208-468-5426) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) communication. To ensure an online application was received, and to confirm any required payment, please call. The clerk’s office is still processing the following applications: alarm installers, alcohol (beer, wine and liquor), amusement, catering, concessions, peddlers, private investigators, special event permit, and tree removal and pruning. The clerk’s office is also processing public records requests online.
Planning & Zoning: Will be accessible via phone (208-468-4430) and email (email@example.com) and will continue to perform inspections as deemed necessary.
Utility Billing: Will close to the public March 17-31, but staff will continue to provide essential customer service during the closure. Live, person to person payments will not be processed, however billing staff will process payments via website, phone (208-468-5711) or drive-thru drop box located outside utility billing. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. No accounts will be shut off due to lack of payment for the foreseeable future. Payment plans can be arranged for customers financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Nampa Recreation Center will close to the public effective at 10:00 p.m. March 16, 2020. We hope to reopen April 1, 2020, but is subject to change based on the public health status. Nampa Parks & Recreation is also canceling or postponing all department programs, events, classes, camps, and activities. Nampa’s parks and pathways will remain accessible and social distancing recommended by public health agencies is encouraged.
The City of Nampa Golf Courses, including Ridgecrest Golf Club and Centennial Golf Course have announced the following updates:
- The Centennial Senior Golf Association, held each Wednesday, will be suspended beginning March 18, 2020. Play is expected to commence April 8, but is subject to change.
- Due to the outdoor nature and limited interaction of golf, Ridgecrest and Centennial Golf Courses will remain open for golf play with limited services.
- The club houses will be closed except for tee time check ins and concession operations. Only prepackaged items and beverages will be available for takeout.
- Extra sanitation precautions have been implemented including sanitizing the golf carts at every use, removing ball washing stations and drink coolers.
Dedicated Communication Channels:
The City of Nampa has also established the following communication channels to share information and updates with the public:
- Email questions or concerns specific to COVID-19 in our community to email@example.com.
- Listen to a recorded message and/or leave a voice message for city staff by calling (208) 565-5132. The message will be updated as quickly as possible.
- A new website dedicated to information related to COVID-19 is available at cityofnampa.us/coronavirus.
- The City of Nampa will continue to post updates primarily through our website, Nextdoor and Facebook, as well as Instagram and Twitter.
The safety and well-being of our residents, first responders, health care workers, employees, partners, performers, athletes and guests is a top priority. We will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local authorities as the situation develops. We appreciate the community’s patience during this time.
March 14, 2020
CITY OF NAMPA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CLOSURES TO PROTECT COMMUNITY AGAINST COVID-19
Nampa Public Library and Nampa Senior Center closed beginning March 16
Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of our community against COVID-19 (also referred to as the coronavirus), the Nampa Public Library and Nampa Senior Center will be closed March 16-March 31, 2020. Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling shared, “While these closures may be an inconvenience for some, they are for the protection of all in our community.”
NAMPA PUBLIC LIBRARY: For the safety of the staff and community, the Nampa Public Library will be closed March 16-31, 2020. As a public facility providing services to all demographics, including vulnerable populations, the Library takes the health of the community seriously. This decision was not made lightly. Emails and phone calls will still be answered during this time. Books can be returned through the outside book drop, or checkout times can be extended. The Library staff will be looking at ways to continue serving the public during this closure.
Patrons are encouraged to access online resources to continue reading, listening or watching films during the closure. These e-resources can be found at nampalibrary.org/elibrary and available 24/7. The Nampa Library apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the understanding of its patrons, and will keep the community informed of what the Library is doing via their website and social media channels.
NAMPA SENIOR CENTER: The City of Nampa, with approval from the Nampa Council on Aging, will cancel on site meal service, senior classes, programs and events held at the Nampa Senior Center beginning Monday, March 16 and will be in effect until March 31. Meals-to-go will be available through a curbside service beginning March 16.
Instructions for Curbside Meals: Please call (208) 467-7266 beginning at 7 a.m. March 16 to order (please call by 9:30 a.m.). If the line is busy, please keep trying. Meals will be available for pickup Monday-Friday from 11:30am- 12:30pm for a suggested donation of $5 for those 60 and over, and a $6 charge for under 60.
NAMPA REC CENTER: With the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Southwest District Health, the Nampa Rec Center has made the determination to cancel all senior classes and senior programs at the Nampa Rec Center effective immediately through March 31, 2020. Current senior classes that will be cancelled include:
- Balance and Fall Prevention
- Senior Strength & Tone
- Zumba Gold
- Senior Stretch
- Gentle Yoga
- Aqua Motion
ADDITIONAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: For the safety of our patrons, the Nampa Recreation Center has implemented several preventative steps and CDC recommendations to prevent illness associated with COVID-19. Rapidly evolving information will guide our decisions moving forward on what services will be provided at the Nampa Recreation Center. At this time, we have implemented the following processes:
- The dry sauna and the steam room, located in the swimming pool area, will be closed until further notice.
- The Nampa Recreation Center will promote social distancing. Exercise classes may have fewer participants allowed in each class. The number of participants allowed will be determined by class type and the size of the room. Participation will be on a first come basis.
- Class participants will be required to clean and sanitize equipment before and after each class.
- Cardio equipment will be spaced farther apart to accommodate social distancing. Some equipment will be moved or determined to be out of order.
- Signage is posted asking people that are experiencing flu like symptoms, coughs or fever do not enter the Nampa Recreation Center. Patrons who are high risk or have immune deficiencies should avoid public spaces when possible.
NAMPA CITY COUNCIL: While we encourage the participation of citizens in local government, in an effort to ensure the safety of those who will be attending the Nampa City Council meeting on March 16, 2020, we want to remind citizens of alternative means of participation:
- Consider “attending” the meeting remotely by watching online at http://www.livestream.com/cityofnampa.
- If you wish to participate in a public hearing, you may submit written or oral testimony to the Clerk’s office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (208) 468-5415. Please make sure you reference the public hearing agenda item and indicate whether you would like your comments read aloud or submitted in written form to council. Your written testimony will be given the same consideration and level of importance as the oral testimony you would provide at the City Council meeting.
- If you feel your participation in the meeting necessitates your attendance on Monday night, please continue to take the precautions recommended by Southwest District Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
- If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or have a fever, please do not attend out of respect for others. Rather, we encourage testimony via the Clerk’s office by emailing email@example.com or calling (208) 468-5415.
The City of Nampa is closely monitoring the quickly changing status of COVID-19 in our area. Additional cancellations may be needed if recommended by local and state agencies, and we will communicate changes as quickly as possible.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank the community for understanding this precautionary measure. Our sincere intention is to protect the safety and well-being of all residents, and especially our senior population who are at increased risk for COVID-19, according to the CDC. Mayor Kling said, “We love our seniors and community, and want to do whatever we can to limit the exposure. Let’s do our part as a community to protect each other and our senior population.”
March 13, 2020
The City of Nampa is actively working to safely and effectively respond to heightened health precautions associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are closely working with local and state agencies to mitigate the spread of the illness and are following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Southwest District Health.
As part of that guidance, effective today, the City of Nampa has prohibited mass gatherings of 250 people or more at the Ford Idaho Center and Nampa Civic Center (currently from March 13 to midnight of March 31, 2020). READ PRESS RELEASE
Additional events may also be postponed or cancelled if deemed to be in the best interest of public health. We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we all do our part to follow health and safety measures during this time.
Ford Idaho Center & Nampa Civic Center
All events with expected crowds of 250 or more people have been cancelled between March 13- midnight of March 31. Certain events may be postponed/rescheduled. For questions related to any events, please contact ICTickets box office at (208) 442-3232.
READ PRESS RELEASE
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT HEALTH GUIDANCE RE: MASS GATHERINGS (March 13, 2020)
Nampa Library programs cancelled through end of March
As a public facility providing services to all demographics, including vulnerable populations, the Library takes the health of the community seriously. After much discussion, the decision was made to cancel all Library programs and outreach until the end of March. The situation will be evaluated after this timeframe.
• All scheduled meetings and events in the Multipurpose Rooms have been canceled and will be rescheduled, if needed
• All toys have been removed from the Children’s Area
• Games and puzzles are temporarily unavailable to the public
• Most kits are not available for checkout
• No book donations are being accepted
The library is taking steps to help reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus by:
• Posting COVID-19 information/prevention signage in public areas of the library
• Providing hand sanitizer (70% alcohol-based), disinfectant wipes and tissues at all public desks for patrons who wish to wipe down keyboards and mice
• Increasing frequency of regular disinfection of hard surfaces with a disinfectant including: computer keyboards and mice, copiers, iPads, other hard surfaces
• Requiring Nampa Public Library staff stay home when they are sick
• Requiring Nampa Public Library staff to regularly practice the preventative measures listed above
The Nampa Library apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the understanding of its patrons. The Library’s focus is on the health of staff and the community. For Nampa Library Coronavirus updates, visit nampalibrary.org/coronavirus.
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SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
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