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May 6, 2020 3:41 PM

Ordinance 20-010 Adopted - Tuesday, July 7th.

On Tuesday, July 7th Brookings City Council adopted Ordinance 20-010 an ordinance that outlines continued safety measures and requirements that were adopted in Ordinance 20-007. This ordinance continues efforts that provide requirements for the re-opening of businesses with reduced occupancy capacities and COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place. Ordinance 20-010 includes the same language and is a continuance of Ordinance 20-007 with the addition of a requirement for all bar and restaurant staff and employees to wear masks.

The City's COVID-19 webpage includes a Quick Guide and Frequently Asked Questions document which provide an overview of the re-opening plan and process. There is also a capacity calculating spreadsheet for businesses to determine their reduced occupancy capacities.

Ordinance 20-010 includes the same language as Resolution 20-007. Ordinance 20-010 supersedes Resolution 20-007 and will be in effect for sixty (60) days or until City Council modifies, rescinds, or extends it.

View the ordinance by visiting the web link below:

The City & County Government Center reopened on Monday, May 18
This joint decision was made due to the minimal number of cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, the adoption of City Reopening Ordinance 20-007, and the Brookings County Commission’s action at their May 5, 2020 meeting.

City of Brookings offices located within the Government Center will remain closed to the public on Fridays until further notice. Staff will continue to be available by phone and email.

Monday, May 18th also started the incremental reopening of other City and County facilities and offices. Reopening measures, dates and times will vary based on the nature of the operations each performs, some facilities will remain closed until further notice. Community members are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify access and hours.

Reopening information for each facility and department will be released via the City's Website and social media. Edgebrook Golf Course, parks (with the exception of some park facilities), nature trails, and open space are open for recreation opportunities.

The Hillcrest Aquatic Center will not open for the 2020 season. The inaugural Community Games have been canceled for 2020.

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed (through their COVID-19 webpage) that there are now 119 total cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, and 107 of those individuals have recovered. There are currently eleven (11) active cases and one (1) death. The COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with new cases of the coronavirus. At this time, Brookings County is in the "substantial" community spread category. The City will continue to monitor the South Dakota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and engage our community partners.

View current local, regional and national COVID-19 data here:

Updated information and notice of additional action will be provided through press releases, social media, City website, City alert system, and Engage Brookings mobile app.

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