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.
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...