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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Updated 09-10-2020 | City Of Brookings Reopenings, Closures & Cancellations

Reopenings Closures and Cancellations

City Offices & City of Brookings Facilities Information (A message from the City of Brookings):


City Offices located within the City and County Government Center are now open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

City and County offices will be implementing health and safety precautions to protect community members and staff. These may include but are not limited to: hand sanitation areas, social distancing, limited occupancy to prevent crowding in offices and hallway areas, cloth face coverings, protective barriers, and other CDC guidelines. There will also be increased sanitization and cleaning within the facility. The intention of implementing these safety measures is precautionary out of consideration for the safety and health of residents.

These measures are subject to change based on a reevaluation of current circumstances and conditions.

On Monday, May 18th City of Brookings facilities began reopening to the public.  Reopening measures, dates and times will vary across each City of Brookings department and facility. Community members are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify access and hours. More information on each of these can be found in the "City of Brookings Facilities & Department Information" below. Brookings County information can be found at www.BrookingsCountySD.gov

City staff are currently taking measures which will incrementally reopen City of Brookings facilities and departments (listed below), while following CDC guidelines and requirements implemented by Ordinance 20-010 (Revised).  Please note that each department/facility may implement different reopening measures based on the nature of the operations each performs. 

Announcements of changes/reopening will be made on the City website and social media pages. Details will be outlined to meet each specific facility’s needs/requirements. This page will be updated to reflect the changes on a regular basis. 

We want to thank community members for their understanding and patience as we continue the reopening process. Our primary concern is always the safety and health of Brookings citizens and employees. Officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update the public as changes to operations occur.



City of Brookings Facilities & Department Information:


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you continue to contact departments and offices via phone, email, and to utilize online services whenever possible. You may also utilize Engage Brookings which is available here and by mobile app (download on the app stores).


The Brookings Public Library - Updated September 4

The Brookings Public Library is currently closed to the public (see exceptions below). 

Grab & Go Checkout: Starting Wednesday, June 17, the Library will have Grab & Go Checkout hours from 2:00-4:30 pm Monday-Friday. During this time, you can come in to browse items and check them out. No other services will be available. You must use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the building, and are required to wear a mask while in the building. Masks will be provided for those who do not have them. The South-facing entrance door will be open for you to enter during Grab & Go Checkout hours.

Curbside pick-up service is available Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. –4:30 p.m. Learn how the service works here. Use of the computer lab will be available by appointment only. 

To schedule a computer lab appointment, individuals can call the Brookings Public Library (605-692-9407) during regular weekday hours. Sessions are a maximum of 45 minutes, and an individual can sign up for one session per week to allow access for more people. 

Only those 16 or older are allowed to sign up, and only one individual per appointment will be allowed in the building. If a parent or guardian must bring minor children along, children must stay with the parent or guardian in the computer lab, and maintain social distancing from others using the computer lab. 

Individuals will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit, and must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. The Library will have disposable masks available for those who do not have their own, and hand sanitizer will be provided. A limited number of computers will be available for use to maintain social distancing in the space. 

Library staff will escort registered individuals to the computer lab at the scheduled time, and be available for printing ($0.10/page black and white, $0.25/page color). Physical browsing of the Library’s collection is not allowed during this time.

With the addition of Curbside Pick-Up at the Brookings Public Library, staff would like to remind the public about a couple of items related to checking out and returning library materials.

Please follow all due dates for materials and return them on time using the drop slots located south of the Library entrance. Fines will accrue if items are returned late. If patrons are unsure of due dates, they can view their items out and due dates by logging into their accounts at https://brookings.tlcdelivers.com/ using their library card number with no spaces, and the first eight characters of their last name in lowercase letters as the pin. If their last name is shorter than 8 characters, then it’s just their last name. Items can also be renewed through their account login, if they are eligible for renewal, haven’t already been renewed before, or if no one else is waiting for the item.

Library Staff are “quarantining” returned items for 2-3 days upon return, so they will still show up on patron accounts until cleared to check in. No fines will be accrued during the period while items are quarantined, but fines can still accrue if the item is turned into the book drop after the due date.

Curbside Service and Computer Lab (by appointment only) is available Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00pm-4:30 pm. Available items placed on hold are generally available by the next Curbside day, if not the same day. Staff ask that patrons pick up curbside items promptly, as items will only remain on hold for one week. More information about Curbside Pick-Up and how to place holds can be found at www.brookingslibrary.org under Library Services.

Brookings County residents who do not already have a Brookings Public Library card can apply for one by going to www.brookingslibrary.org and clicking on Apply for a Library card under How Do I?

The Library has a variety of online services that can be accessed by visiting www.brookingslibrary.org.

Contact the Brookings Public Library: (605) 692-9407
Website Linkwww.brookingslibrary.org
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/bkglib/



Brookings, Parks, Recreation, & Forestry - Updated August 10

Administrative offices are open to the public Monday - Friday

The Brookings Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department has suspended many recreation activities and has closed all City of Brookings recreation facilities. This includes the Brookings Activity Center, Hillcrest Aquatic Center, Larson Ice Center, and some park facilities  (note: Parks and playgrounds are open, certain facilities like restrooms and basketball courts may be closed at this time - they are currently roped off or marked with signage)

Edgebrook Golf Course, parks (except playground equipment), nature trails, and open spaces are open for recreation opportunities.

Larson Nature Center at Dakota Nature Park is open with limited hours please see below:

Nature Center Hours


Park playground equipment: Signs are posted at each site identifying the risk and reminding users of recommended personal hygiene practices and appropriate social distance guidelines.


The Brookings Parks and Recreation Department understands the important value parks have to our community. We also take seriously the health of our users. Given the current situation and based on the recommendations from the National Parks & Recreation Association, basketball courts in the City of Brookings are posted as temporarily closed effective March 31, 2020, to help promote social distancing as well as limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus through surface contact. Closed areas are identified with signage.


The cancellation of activities includes many scheduled youth, adult, and senior programs.  The inaugural Community Games have been canceled for 2020. The Brookings Parks and Recreation Department has also suspended activities housed inside district facilities until further notice. This includes open gym and swim at Brookings High School and Court rentals and coed volleyball at 5th Street Gym.

Given the uncertainty of our current situation,  Brookings Park and Recreation Department summer program registration, which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 7th, has been postponed for many activities and programs until further notice with the exception of the following: 

Currently, summer program registration for tennis, soccer, and naturalist programs is available.
All programs which are open for registration have been modified to meet CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of participants and instructors. The First Tee program will also be modifying their program and information outlining changes will be released as it becomes available. Athletic associations who have had their submitted practice plans approved by the Park and Recreation Department may now start practicing.

Please follow the City of Brookings Website and the Brookings Park and Recreation Facebook page for more information regarding the times and cost of all programs. Program registration is available on the following website: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofbrookings/

For information regarding programs offered by other organizations listed within the summer brochure, the department asks individuals to please contact those organizations directly to determine their status. The Park and Recreation Department will continue to monitor and assess the current situation and will continue to reopen summer registration when appropriate. Please watch the City of Brookings website and Brookings Park and Recreation Facebook page for further updates.

Contact the Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department: (605) 692-2708
Website Link: http://cityofbrookings.org/204/Parks-Recreation-Forestry
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/brookingsparkandrec/



Edgebrook Golf Course - Updated September 4

Edgebrook Golf Course is open and utilizing safety protocols derived from United States Golf Association and South Dakota Golf Association recommendations. Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting facilities and equipment regularly.

Golfers are asked to check in and make payments at a walk-up window on the South side of the clubhouse. Restrooms within the clubhouse are open for golfers; however, eating, drinking, etc. will not be allowed within the clubhouse.  Groups should practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of separation between themselves and other group members. Tee times are spread out to allow adequate space between groups.

View Edgebrook Golf Course COVID-19 Safety Protocols: www.golfedgebrook.com/#COVID19

Phone: (605) 692-6995
Website: www.golfedgebrook.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edgebrookgolfcourse/



City Manager’s Office - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email)

Phone: (605) 692-6281
Website: https://cityofbrookings.org/121/City-Manager



City Clerk’s Office - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email)

Phone: (605) 697-8641
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/149/City-Clerk



Airport - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email) 

All airport services are open and operational.

Phone: (605) 697-8664
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/223/Airport



Community Development - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email)

Phone: (605) 692-6629
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/130/Community-Development



Engineering - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email)

Phone: (605) 692-6629
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/208/Engineering



Finance Department - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email)

Finance office: (605) 692-6281
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/200/Finance-Department



Human Resources Department - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Thursday
Closed to the Public: Friday (available via phone and email) 

Human Resources: (605) 697-8668
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/247/Human-Resources



Police Department - Updated May 15

Until further notice: Public access to the Brookings Police Department will remain restricted - all services are available. The Department is asking for individuals to please call ahead to (605) 692-2113 when possible to see if needs can be handled via phone.

Currently, doors to the Brooking Police Department will remain locked as they are on evenings and weekends. Citizens coming to the PD for police services will first communicate with dispatch over the intercom to determine if their request can be handled via phone call. If so, they will be directed to call the PD and will they will then be connected with an officer.

If the purpose of the citizens’ visit is determined to require face-to-face contact with an officer, dispatch will ask some screening questions. If it is decided that a meeting will move forward, officers will then meet the citizen in the front entryway and either take the report there or bring them into the conference room if needed.

At this time please pay for parking tickets using the dropbox for payments made with cash or check by phone, or go online to pay with a credit card.

The Brookings Police Department regrets to announce the cancelation of the 2020 SafetyTown program.  Due to current social distancing requirements, we felt that it would be very difficult if not impossible to maintain a safe separation between all those involved.  The safety of the community is our number one priority.  This was a difficult decision to make because of what this program means to us and what we know it means to this community.  We are very much looking forward to next year when we hope to continue with this awesome program.

Contact the Brookings Police Department: (605) 692-2113
For Emergencies: dial 911
Website Link: http://cityofbrookings.org/205/Police-Department
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Brookings-Police-Department-SD-1006258532765262/



Fire Department - Updated September 4

Closed to the Public

The Brookings Fire Department staff continues to be available for all emergency situations.

Phone: (605) 692-6323
EMERGENCIES: dial 911
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/231/Fire-Department
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brookings-Fire-Department-128238337211813/



Landfill - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Friday (7:30a.m. - 4:15p.m.) and Saturday (8a.m. - 11:30a.m.)

Customers can use the intercom system for landfill office transactions. All curbside garbage and recycling pick-up continues as usual.

Phone: (605) 693-3667
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/254/Landfill



Liquor Store - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Saturday (9a.m. - 8p.m.) and Sunday (12p.m. - 6p.m.)

The Brookings Municipal Liquor Store is currently open to the public for an in-store shopping experience. Customers can browse the store’s selection by following the direction of arrows marked on the floor. Hand sanitizing stations are set up at key areas. Customers should practice proper social distancing and follow posted signage. Checkout areas have plexiglass barriers installed and staff are wearing protective PPE. Staff are following all guidelines outlined in the current legislation required for retailers/grocery stores along with OSHA’s recommendations. 

Pre-ordering is available and highly encouraged. To place a pre-order, call (605) 692-5613 or email BHanson@cityofbrookings.org or JCoplan@cityofbrookings.org.

Phone: (605) 692-5613
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/266/Liquor-Store



Street Department - Updated September 4

Closed to the Public (available via phone and email)

Phone: (605) 692-2016
Website: http://cityofbrookings.org/273/Street-Department



Swiftel Center - Updated September 4

Open to the Public: Monday - Friday

The Swiftel Center facility is currently open to the public. Our staff knows that the best experiences begin with providing a safe and comfortable environment. Our focus is to meet your needs while doing our part to keep our community safe. To prepare for your visit, here’s what you need to know: www.swiftelcenter.com/covid19

Phone: (605) 692-7539
Website: www.swiftelcenter.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/swiftelcenter


FAQ:

Q: Are parks closed?

A: Parks are not closed. Open spaces, trails, etc. and many other park facilities may still be utilized. Certain park facilities such as restrooms, basketball courts, etc. may be closed for use or have special hours. Facilities that are closed will be blocked off or have signage posted. Residents/families are encouraged to continue to get outdoors and utilize the City’s park green spaces, trails, and nature areas.


Q: What if I need something and an office or facility is closed to the public? 

A:  Some City-operated facilities and offices are closed to the public; however regular city operations will still be taking place. Contact City offices by phone, email, and www.engagebrookings.com


Q: What about emergencies? Will the Police Station and Fire Department still be responding?

A: Yes. The Brookings Police Department and Brooking Fire Department are still fully operational all services are available.

Currently, doors to the Brookings Police Department will remain locked as they are on evenings and weekends. Citizens coming to the PD for police services will first communicate with dispatch over the intercom to determine if their request can be handled via phone call. If so, they will be directed to call the PD and will they will then be connected with an officer.

If the purpose of the citizens’ visit is determined to require face-to-face contact with an officer, dispatch will ask some screening questions. If it is decided that a meeting will move forward, officers will then meet the citizen in the front entryway and either take the report there or bring them into the conference room if needed.

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