Wednesday, September 23, 2020

TenHaken recommends closure of non-essential businesses due to COVID-19

Mayor Paul TenHaken said Monday he will recommend that the city health board close non-essential businesses. 

Without a mandate from the state, TenHaken said, he’s asked the board to consider closing businesses if the data provided supports that, and it does.


“We’re at that point,” TenHaken said, citing community spread of the novel coronavirus in Beadle County

The health board will meet at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Public Health Director Jill Franken said their discussions will depend on a planned executive order from Gov. Kristi Noem, which is expected to provide clarity to businesses and municipalities across the state. 

The board may be asked to consider the mandatory closures of nightclubs and bars that don’t serve food, video lottery casinos, live performance centers, movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, private social clubs and indoor shopping centers. Restaurants would be restricted to carry-out or delivery only. 

“It is the intent of these actions that we prohibit social gatherings of 10 or more people,” Franken said. 

More: Rep. Bob Glanzer of Huron tests positive for coronavirus

More: Coronavirus: Mayor TenHaken can’t close bars, restaurants. But Sioux Falls health board could.

Similar moves have been made in the city of Huron, Beadle County and Rapid City. 

TenHaken also announced a new resource for businesses who have questions about the coronavirus:

This weekend, cases statewide went from 14 to 28, with Beadle County being the first to have cases in the double-digits and the first county to see community spread

More: Thirty percent of South Dakotans could become infected with coronavirus, Noem says

Three of the cases in the state have been hospitalized, Noem announced Monday morning. She estimated at least 30% of the state’s population would get infected over the course of the entire pandemic. The illness isn’t expected to peak in South Dakota until May or even June, she said.

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