Public Safety

Mask Requirement Information

Message from Sheriff Steve Harkins: Mask Ordinance Enforcement

As your Sheriff, I want to explain our enforcement strategy on the local ordinances requiring masks in public places.  From the beginning, our enforcement has focused on education, warnings, and awareness. Our deputies will continue to take a common-sense approach and consider the context of each situation similar to how we approached the statewide COVID-19 Isolation Order. If warranted, citations will be issued. Our deputies will use their discretion wisely and treat the public with respect, fairness, and compassion. We want to reassure the public we are here performing our duties and honoring our sworn oath to protect our community’s safety and uphold the law. 

Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies are responsible for enforcing mask ordinances in the unincorporated areas of Blaine County, Idaho, and within the city limits of Ketchum for whom we provide contractual law enforcement services. Enforcement in the cities of Hailey, Bellevue, and Sun Valley are the responsibilities of their city police departments. 

We encourage you to read and interpret the ordinances for yourself. Links to local ordinances are available below.

We continue to stress the importance of remaining diligent about social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks out in public, and minimizing unnecessary social gatherings. To protect public health we need every single person to be part of the solution.

Blaine County Mask Ordinance 2020-05

Summary of Local Ordinances

Sheriff Steve Harkins

COVID-19 Mitigation

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting the public safety of our community. We want to reassure the public our Patrol Division will continue to provide essential law enforcement operations to serve and protect Blaine County, Idaho. In order to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for the protection of the public, our staff, and the inmates in our custody. In response, BCSO has adopted the following temporary emergency mitigation measures.

Blaine County Public Safety Facility (PSF) is open to the public, however, we encourage people to call for services if at all possible. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while in our facility.

Detention Center Visitation is open by appointment only. Please call 208-788-5564 to schedule an appointment.  

Driver’s Services and DMV are also open by appointment only. Driver’s Services/DMV is located in the Blaine County Annex building at 219 First Ave. South in Hailey. To schedule an appointment and to read service restrictions please visit the Blaine County DMV. website:

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we re-open services in the safest way possible.

Reliable Resources for COVID-19 Information:

COVID-19 Resource Guide

City of Ketchum COVID-19 FAQs and Info

How to Obtain PPE

Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare

South Central Public Health District

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Global Cases Map

Please do not call 911 for general questions or non-emergency services.

Blaine County Local Emergency Planning Committee

LEPC Website