Reopening Brookings (COVID-19 Ordinances, Phases & Guidelines)

Current Reopening Phase & Emergency Ordinance

The City of Brookings is Currently in Phase 3 of their phased reopening plan.

Emergency Ordinance 20-010 (Revised) (adopted July 7, 2020) which outlines continued safety measures and requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues to be in effect. On September 2, the Brookings City Council extended it for sixty (60) days. This ordinance outlines efforts that provide requirements for the reopening of businesses with reduced occupancy capacities and COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place.

On September 8, the Brookings City Council approved Ordinance 20-019, which revised Ordinance 20-010. The amendments require an individual to wear a face covering in any indoor business and/or indoor public place and to wear a face covering at any City-sanctioned event unless social distancing of six or more feet can be maintained. The Brookings City Council also approved Resolution 20-076 which provides clarifications of the requirements and exceptions regarding the mask mandate..

Ordinance 20-010 (Revised) is in effect until November 3.

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REOPENING ROAD MAP

The City of Brookings COVID-19 reopening plan consists of a four-phase approach.

This reopening road map provides a color-coded high-level breakdown of each stage of the reopening approach. Each phase of the reopening plan is associated with a city ordinance that provides more detail related to safety and preventative precautions, recommendations, and restrictions.

More information about each ordinance can be found below.


Phase 1 Severe HeadingPhase 1 Ordinance 20-006 Heading
Phase 2 High Heading
Phase 2 Ordinance 20-005 Heading
Phase 3 Moderate Heading
Phase 3 Ordinance 20-010 Heading
Phase 4 New Normal Heading
Phase 4 No Ordinance Heading


The City of Brookings is Currently in Phase 3 of their phased reopening plan.


Risk Meter Phases - Moderate

  1. Current Phase 3
  2. Phase 4
  3. Phase 1
  4. Phase 2

Current Covid-19 - Phase 3 Moderate

SAFETY MEASURE
EMPLOYERS, BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS
INDIVIDUALS/RESIDENTS
Physical/Social Distancing/Prohibited Activities 

All businesses of public gathering and indoor public recreation and retail including, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, casinos, gyms, museums, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, salons, barbershops, spas, and other retail facilities must follow social distancing restrictions which are outlined in Ordinance 20-010 (Revised).

Limit to 10 customers or 50% of the typical building occupancy capacity, whichever is greater. Reduced occupancy capacity will be posted in a conspicuous location on the exterior of the business/organization.

Install a plexiglass, or similar divider where physically possible between the cashier and customer.

Develop risk mitigation strategies for restrooms or other areas where social distancing requirements are likely to be compromised.

Provide at least 6 feet of social distancing for customers/waiting customers or ask them to wait in their vehicles.

One-way shopping aisles will be provided and clearly marked.

Information related to Ordinance 20-010 (Revised) can be viewed by visiting: www.cityofbrookings.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/7616

Staying at home, or current place of residence unless performing essential activities and/or if experiencing illness symptoms is recommended.

Limiting any public or private gathering of more than ten people is recommended.

Maintaining social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person per CDC guidelines, with the exception of family or household members, at all times and as much as reasonably possible is recommended.

Face Covering/Mask

Bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters and other public gathering businesses, as well as salons, barbershops, spas and other retail facilities: Employees and staff will wear protective masks that cover mouth and nose.

All other businesses and organizations: Wearing of face coverings/masks by employees is strongly recommended.

Wearing of a mask/face covering outside of residence is is required when in any indoor business and/or indoor public place and at any city-sanctioned event unless social distancing of six (6) feet or more can be maintained..

Hand Washing

Provide hand sanitizer locations which are readily available for public use.

Wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer. Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and shall refrain from shaking hands.

Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer as well as covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and refraining from shaking hands is recommended.
Disinfecting/Cleaning

Post publicly a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule which is specific to each business.

Perform regular cleaning and disinfecting.

Regular cleaning/disinfecting of high-touch surfaces is recommended.

Illness Monitoring

Regularly performed temperature checks and symptom monitoring is recommended.

Employees/staff shall stay home if they are sick.

Regularly performed temperature checks and symptom monitoring is recommended.

Stay home if sick.

View/Download information on all four stages [PDF]

Risk Meter Phases - Moderate


CURRENT COVID-19 PHASE 
QUICK GUIDE


Phase 1 Severe Button
Businesses/Organizations
  • Essential business/organization operations only.
  • Non-Essential work from home required.
  • Follow CDC guidelines.
  • Social distancing, masks, barriers, and disinfecting requirements are outlined in ordinance.
       
Individuals
  • Stay at home except for essential activities required.
  • Non-Essential work from home required.
  • Limited travel required.
  • Do not gather/congregate
  • Follow CDC guidelines



High-Risk Individuals
  • Same requirements as individuals. 
  • Practice extra COVID-19 prevention vigilance.
  • Remain vigilant with hygiene practices and CDC recommendations.

Phase 2 High Button
Businesses/Organizations
  • Bars, restaurants, salons, indoor entertainment facilities. etc. closed to public.
  • Follow CDC guidelines.
  • Social distancing, masks, barriers, and disinfecting requirements are outlined in ordinance.
       
Individuals
  • Stay at home if sick or vulnerable.
  • Limited travel recommended.
  • Do not gather/congregate
  • Follow CDC guidelines recommended

       
High-Risk Individuals
  • Same requirements as individuals.
  • Extra COVID-19 prevention vigilance recommended.
  • Remain vigilant with hygiene practices and CDC recommendations.

Phase 3 Moderate
Businesses/Organizations
  • 50% occupancy.
  • Work from home suggested.
  • Follow CDC guidelines
  • Social distancing, masks, shields, and disinfecting requirements are outlined in ordinance.
     


Individuals
  • Stay at home except for essential activities recommended.
  • Work from home suggested
  • Gathering/congregating not recommended
  • Follow CDC guidelines recommended
  • Social distancing and mask requirements are outlined in ordinance.

High-Risk Individuals
  • Same requirements & recommendations as individuals.
  • Extra COVID-19 prevention vigilance recommended.
  • Remain vigilant with hygiene practices and CDC recommendations.


Phase 4 New Normal Button
 No Current Ordinance: TBD  
Businesses/Organizations
  • 100% occupancy.
  • Resume normal operations with recommendations.
  • Resume normal social interactions.
  • Remain vigilant with hygiene practices and CDC recommendations.
  • New safety regulations to be determined
Individuals
  • Resume normal gatherings and activities.
  • Resume normal social interactions.
  • Resume normal travel.
  • Remain vigilant with hygiene practices and CDC recommendations.
  • New safety regulations to be determined
High-Risk Individuals
  • Remain vigilant with preventative measures recommended. 
  • Follow CDC recommendations  

       

Moving Between Phases

How we determine the current phase.

The details for each reopening/closing phase are being informed by economic and health data with combined input from national, state, and local health organizations and experts, various community partners, professional organizations, and the public.

Please Note: The criteria for moving between phases are guidelines that are used to make informed decisions. Given the dynamic nature of COVID-19, the criteria are subject to change as new information becomes available and understanding of the novel coronavirus evolves.


Brookings COVID-19 Thresholds

Public health criteria used to control the transmission of COVID-19


The World Health Organization (WHO) uses three criteria for consideration in adjusting public health and social measures related to COVID-19 and suggests measures that can be used for evaluating these criteria. The criteria consist of:

1. Epidemiology - Is the epidemic controlled?

2. Health System Capacity - Is the health system able to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that may arise after adapting some measures?

3. Public Health Surveillance - Is the public health surveillance system able to detect and manage the cases and their contacts, and identify a resurgence of cases?

Summary of Brookings COVID-19 Triggers | Week Ending 9/18/2020


  1. Is the epidemic controlled? No

  2. Is the health system able to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that may arise after adapting some measures? Yes

  3. Is the public health surveillance system able to detect and manage the cases and their contacts, and identify a resurgence of cases in Brookings?

    a. Mitigation Level: No
    b. Suppression Level: No
    c. Approximate time to receive test results: Labs are overwhelmed, supply allocations are short, and priority testing is being deployed causing some results to be out 2 to 7+ days

A full Brookings COVID-19 Thresholds outline and current data is available here [PDF]

Emergency Ordinance Information

The City of Brookings is currently operating under Emergency Ordinance 20-010 (Revised).


Ordinance 20-010 (Revised) - (Incremental Reopening Ordinance) - Currently Enacted

Ordinance 20-010 (Revised)

Reopening Ordinance Quick Guide

Reopening Ordinance FAQs

Business Capacity Calculator

Mask Mandates FAQs and Exceptions

Ordinance 20-005 - (Limits Public Gatherings / Closure of Some Businesses and Organizations) - Not Currently Enacted


Ordinance 20-005

Emergency Ordinance 20-005 at a glance

Identifying Critical infrastructure - COVID-19


Ordinance 20-006 - (Stay at Home Ordinance) - Not Currently Enacted

Ordinance 20-006

Potential Stay at Home  Ordinance FAQ

Essential Organization Designation Application

Organizations Businesses Defined as Essential



COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance Timeline


July 7, 2020 | Emergency Ordinance 20-010 - Approved/Effective

May 12, 2020 | Emergency Ordinance 20-007 - Approved/Effective  

May 4, 2020 | Resolution 20-038 - Approved/Effective

April 14, 2020 - April Emergency Ordinance 20-006 - First Reading - Tabled

April 8, 2020 - April 9, 2020 | Emergency Ordinance 20-005 (Revised) - Updated and Approved/Effective 

March 23, 2020 | Emergency Ordinance 20-005 - Approved/Effective


Ordinance FAQ:

Q: Who do I call if I know of a violation and want to report it?

A: Please call the Brookings Police Department Non-Emergency line at (605) 692-6323


Q: I would like to make my voice heard about an ordinance. How do I make public comments if I can't attend a meeting?

A: The City of Brookings has digital eComment available for public comments. Learn more about the eComment option [Link]. 


Q: I have a question about an ordinance. How do I get in touch?

A: Please use the Engage Brookings platform to ask a question or report a concern by visiting www.engagebrookings.com, or download the app for the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. You may also call the City of Brookings at (605) 692-6281.