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 newly adopted ordinances requiring masks in public places. Blaine County Ordinance 2020-03, which was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on July 7, 2020, requires that when social distancing is not possible, every person shall wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person is in a public place and others are present. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be enforcing this mask ordinance in the unincorporated areas of Blaine County, Idaho.

The City of Ketchum, for whom we provide law enforcement services, adopted a similar mask ordinance on July 6, 2020. The Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the Ketchum Public Health Emergency Ordinance 20-03 within the Ketchum city limits.

Our enforcement will begin with 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.

There are minor differences in the language and notable exemptions in both ordinances. We encourage you to read and interpret the ordinances for your self. Both ordinances are available to read below.

Enforcement in the cities of Hailey, Bellevue, and Sun Valley are the responsibilities of their city police departments. 

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 Ordinance 2020-03

City of Ketchum Public Health Emergency Ordinance 20-03

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Blaine County, Idaho

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) has now re-opened 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 is 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.

Idaho Rebounds Information

For Current Information on the Stages of Reopening, Resources for Business, the Advisory Committee, and Upcoming Events Click Here

BCSO Enforcement Plan (in both English and Spanish)

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions:

Blaine County COVID-19 FAQs and Updates

City of Ketchum COVID-19 FAQs and Info

Reliable Resources for COVID-19 Information:

COVID-19 Resource Guide

How to Obtain PPE

Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare

South Central Public Health District

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Global Cases Map

Blaine County COVID-19 Hotline (208)788-5504

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

Blaine County Local Emergency Planning Committee

LEPC Website