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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Moscow Mayor Issues Public Health Emergency Order 20-04

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Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert has issued Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-04 effective at 12 am on Sep. 2, 2020, for seven days. The Order was issued to meet the immediate and emergency needs of the community to support kindergarten through 12th-grade students due to reduced in-class instruction. The Order provides for the temporary suspension of daycare and zoning regulations to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic response and mitigation. 

The Mayor has the authority to issue Public Health Emergency Orders by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Idaho, Moscow City Code Title 1-11-05(B), and the common-law authority to protect the public in the event of an emergency.  

The Order provides for the following exceptions from the current Moscow City Code (MCC) requirements:

1.    Day Care Ordinance (MCC Title 9, Chapter 10)

  • Sec. 9-10-19.A.2.g. requiring "open space for outdoor play" will be suspended for the temporary child care/tutoring center facilities in order to expand the number of available facilities and buildings that would be suitable for the temporary use.
  • Sec. 9-10-19.F. requiring "Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent first aid treatment certification and child/infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and pediatric rescue breathing certification prior to licensure" will be suspended for the temporary child care/tutoring center facilities. 
  • Sec 9-10-19.H. requiring "four (4) hours or more of training in early childhood development and/or children’s health and safety within thirty (30) days of employment" will be waived during the temporary program.
  • All Day Care providers will be required to complete the on-line CPR and First Aid training program. 
  • All other Day Care Ordinance requirements and standards shall apply.

2.   Zoning Code (MCC Title 4, Chapter 3)

  • The City shall temporarily suspend the requirement to obtain a Conditional Use Permit as may be required under Sec. 4-3-4 for all temporary child care/tutoring center facilities in all commercial zoning districts, and temporary child care/tutoring center facilities (up to 20 children) in all residential zoning districts.
  • Sec. 4-3-5.C.2. requiring "a contained or fenced outdoor play area" shall be suspended during the temporary license period.
  • All other Moscow Zoning Code standards shall apply.

3.   Duration

  • All temporary child care/tutoring facilities will be issued a temporary day care facility license to expire on Sep. 8, 2020 at 12:59 pm, unless extended by resolution of the City Council.
  • Following, or prior to the expiration of the temporary period, the facility operator may apply for a conditional use permit (where required) to allow the permanent continuation of the facility in accordance will all standards and requirements of Moscow City Code.

The Moscow City Council will consider an extension to the Order by Resolution at their regular meeting on Sep. 8, 2020. Visit the City of Moscow’s website at to review Public Health Emergency Order 20-04 in its entirety.

For more information regarding Public Health Emergency Order 20-04 or other public health emergency orders, please contact Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor, at 208-883-7080.


Story Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
Phone: 208-883-7006

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