It's been a tough year for everyone this year but certain industries have really taken a hit. While friends of mine that work in the building or development sectors here in the Treasure Valley have seen workloads and workflows go largely, untouched-- industries like nightlife, food, beverage, and entertainment have really taken a punch to the gut. I wish that we could say that was a thing of the past--unfortunately, it isn't.

As Michael Deeds reported in the Idaho Statesman this afternoon, downtown Boise's largest nightclubs like Karma (located on 8th and Idaho) and Strange Love (located on the corner of 6th and Main Street) are looking like probable closures after this coming Halloween weekend.

As we heard earlier this week during Governor Brad Little's press conference-- COVID-19 numbers continue to spike not only in our area, but across the State of Idaho. These figures made Little decide that Idaho should roll BACK-- from Phase 4 of re-opening to Phase 3. With this roll back came a call to limit group sizes (again) and restrict bar and nightclub operation to SEATED service only. In other words-- no dance floors.

Over the past couple of weeks, bars and nightclubs have been working their way back into the groove of things. As I observed, patrons seemed to be growing used to masks and over all, the consensus felt pretty positive. Even Central District Health, while placing school back into the "Red Zone" said that there had yet to be a tie to any significant COVID spread in downtown Boise's bars.

Club owners are simply having a hard time making sense of staying open while crowds and dance floors can't be a thing. These limitations make it impossible to pay a staff and still make money.

Rumor has it that many locations will be closing down until the statewide order is lifted, but we will update you as this becomes official.