The City of Meridian is closely monitoring the constantly changing status of COVID-19 in our Area. Additional changes to operations may implemented if recommended (or deemed appropriate) by local and state agencies. We will communicate changes through e-mail notifications (SUBSCRIBE HERE) and update this page accordingly.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Governor Governor Brad Little moves Idaho into Phase Three:
Friday, May 15, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020
Governor Little Adapts Phased Re-Opening Plan:
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Meridian Elected Officials Statement on Governor Little Stay Health Order & City Hall Prepares for Re-Opening
In response to Governor Little’s Stay Healthy order, Meridian City officials released the following statement:
"We understand that Meridian businesses need to open their doors and get back to work. We appreciate Governor Little laying the framework for reopening, and we encourage businesses to adhere to the Governor’s order and implement safe business practices to help provide confidence to both their customers and community. When eligible to open, it needs to be done responsibly. We are confident that working with our business community we can navigate the Stay Healthy Order in a way that does not violate state and industry board licensing rules. More importantly, let’s keep Meridian Healthy and open for business moving forward." Meridian Mayor and City Council
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Governor Little released protocols specific to Stage 1 for the opening of daycares, youth activities, and places of worship.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Governor Little Releases 4 Step Plan to Re-Open Idaho
HEADLINE: Governor Little Releases 4 Step Plan to Re-Open Idaho Governor Brad Little, with the help of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and guidance issued by President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has established a data-driven approach to opening up Idaho’s economy. The approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Idaho’s most vulnerable population and preserves capacity in our healthcare system, while opening up businesses safely. From an economic standpoint, Idaho’s rebound from COVID-19 starts with employee and consumer confidence, which leads into business stability and growth and eventually promotion and attraction.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Flushing Notice for Businesses
The City of Meridian Water Division conducts routine and non-routine flushing continuously throughout the year. Flushing is performed in an effort to improve and maintain water quality in the water distribution section, specifically in areas with lower or no flow.
In light of the current situation and social isolation, many businesses and possibly private residents are using less or even no water. This lack of use can potentially lessen optimal water quality for these customers over extended periods of time. The City would like to remind customers to be sure to occasionally flush their water systems during these low use times and before resuming normal business/activities. Just a few minutes of flushing cold water taps such as outside faucets, sinks, or tubs will help clear lines of this older water. Also, remember to keep hot water heaters working properly and up to temperature; 120 -130 degrees is recommended.
This small effort will help ensure optimal quality water is maintained in these properties.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Governor Little charts path to prosperity, extends statewide stay-home order to April 30 with exceptions
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that he is extending the statewide stay-home order to April 30, with exceptions for operations of formerly “non-essential” businesses, facilities, and services and new restrictions related to nonresident travel into the state.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020 (7:00 PM)
Meridian City Playgrounds are Closed to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
In an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the City of Meridian is closing City playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment effective immediately. Other areas of parks and pathways currently remain open to the public.
Friday, March 20, 2020 (2:45 PM)
City of Meridian Implements Social Distancing Order
The City of Meridian would like to thank Meridian residents, the business community, and faith leaders for their support and willingness to work together during this unprecedented time for the greater good of Meridian and the nation as a whole. During this time it is imperative that our society is taking personal responsibility for the decisions they make about where they go, what they do, and who they do it with.
Under authority provided by Idaho Code section 50-606 and Meridian City Code section 4-3-3, Mayor Simison has ordered all indoor and outdoor venues and events in Meridian, including restaurants, bars, and entertainment establishments to implement procedures ensuring a minimum of six feet of distance between parties of ten or less visiting the premises. The social distancing order is effective on March 21, 2020, at 12 a.m. and will remain in effect for fifteen days, through April 4, 2020. Mayor Simison will continue to re-evaluate the scope and duration of the order based on recommendations from Central District Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (7:30 PM)
City of Meridian Closes Administrative Offices to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020 all City of Meridian administrative offices will close at Noon to the general public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. While the buildings will be closed until further notice, City staff will work to continue city business and operations to the best of their ability while working remotely.
In addition to these efforts, as of March 18, 2020 Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer is becoming the acting Emergency Operations Manager during this crisis. With this, Deputy Chief of Operations, Charlie Butterfield, will be taking the role as acting Fire Chief during this time.
Monday, March 16, 2020 (5:30PM)
City of Meridian Cancels & Postpones Events, and Adjusts Daily Operations During State of Emergency Through April 15, 2020
Today, Meridian jointly issued a state of emergency declaration along with Ada and Canyon counties, and all of the cities located in the Treasure Valley. This step allows Meridian to stay ahead of any crisis and proactively pursue additional resources if needed to help prevent spread of COVID-19. Tomorrow evening, the City Council will consider a resolution extending this declaration for 30 days.
Monday, March 16, 2020 (12:00pm)
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS APPROVE EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS TO ASSIST IN COVID-19 READINESS AND RESPONSE
Ada and Canyon Counties and the associated cities of Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Garden City, Greenleaf, Kuna, Melba, Meridian, Middleton, Nampa, Notus, Star, and Wilder are making disaster emergency declarations today – following the lead of Idaho Governor Brad Little, who made a similar declaration for the state on Friday.
Elected officials and government agencies in Ada and Canyon Counties have been actively monitoring the spread of Coronavirus throughout the world with the expectation of a potential spread of the virus in our region. The announcement of initial cases of COVID-19 has confirmed our approach.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (8:00AM)
The City of Meridian has been and will continue to work very closely with cities and counties, as well as health districts, throughout the Treasure Valley to ensure a consistent and unified approach to the COVID-19 virus. With the recent announcement of a confirmed case in the Treasure Valley, we expect to continue these efforts for the foreseeable future.
Following guidance provided by Central District Health’s Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Public Events in Idaho, the City of Meridian has made the decision to cancel or postpone a number of upcoming special events hosted by the City. These changes are in an effort to protect the health and safety of residents, visitors, and staff. All City sponsored events taking place through April 15, 2020, meeting the guidelines below, will be affected:
- The event will draw audiences or participants from communities, states, or countries with confirmed community spread of COVID-19 virus.
- The event will be held indoors and bring together more than 250 individuals where social distancing of 6 feet or more is unlikely or not possible.
- The event’s primary audience includes or may expose high-risk populations, including adults over the age of 60 years and people with underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes, regardless of the number of attendees.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (4:30PM)
The City is currently operating business as usual while keeping in close contact with County, State and National agencies for any updates or changes in the situation. Our staff are actively participating with the local Ada County Emergency Management planning group and are part of regional planning discussions. In the event that the risk level in Idaho changes, or recommendations are made by Central District Health, Idaho Health & Welfare, or the National CDC to alter plans for events, gatherings, or work practices in Idaho we will communicate those changes. According to Central District Health, as of yesterday (March 9), there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as the "Coronavirus" in Idaho, and the individual risk is low at this time.
For the time being, we encourage residents to follow the Prevention tips below and utilize the following information sources...