(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 27, 2020)
The City of Pocatello is making the following changes to its services following Governor Brad Little’s announcement that Idaho will move back to a modified version of stage three of the Idaho Rebounds Plan.
Parks and Recreation Department staff will be having Southeastern Idaho Public Health review plans for upcoming activities. If changes are made, staff will reach out to participants. Zoo Idaho’s “Zoo Boo” event will be proceeding as scheduled. Zoo Boo plans have been reviewed and approved by Southeastern Idaho Public Health.
City Hall (Building, Engineering, Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Mayor’s Office, Planning & Development Services, and Utility Billing) will continue to have limited access for citizens. Citizens are strongly encouraged to utilize phone or email first to contact City employees and officials as most issues can be taken care of through these channels. Citizens are also encouraged to utilize the City’s website, pocatello.us, to answer their questions, find forms, etc. If a citizen must visit City Hall, they are asked to make an appointment. When they arrive, citizens will be required to call from the lobby the department they are trying to reach. A directory of City departments located in City Hall is posted for citizens. An employee will then meet citizens at the interior doors. Floor markings are placed in the lobby indicating where citizens should stand while waiting.
Masks are required for City employees and for citizens who enter City facilities and participate in programs and activities. Citizens are required to wear face coverings when entering any City of Pocatello building or facility or riding in public transportation buses. Citizens participating in City-sponsored programs or activities in outdoor spaces do not have to wear a face covering unless six-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Under the Governor’s order, violation of any mandatory provision of the order “constitutes an imminent threat to public health. Violation or failure to comply with a mandatory provision of this Order may constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both pursuant to Idaho Code § 56-1003(7)(c).” Citizens can report potential violations to Southeastern Idaho Public Health at 208-234-5875.
To view the Governor’s order visit, bit.ly/2G2n4x4.
City officials encourage all residents to take precautions to protect themselves from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional information on ways to help prevent the spread of the disease can be found at siphidaho.org/coronavirus.php, coronavirus.idaho.gov, and cdc.gov.
More information and resources can also be found at pocatello.us/coronavirus.