Below is the summary of the City Council adopted on March 26, 2020 in response to the community spread of COVID-19.
The following City buildings and venues will remain closed to the general public:
Exception: The Carnegie Hall will continue to be used for public meetings but will be closed to the public when a public meeting is not in session. The public is encouraged to watch public gatherings remotely in order to allow for proper social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Any enclosed retail business that promotes public gathering shall modify business practices in order to ensure that not more than ten patrons are on the premises for onsite use of the services and/or consumption of the goods at any given time. Such businesses are encouraged to consider utilizing business models that do not involve public gatherings, including takeout, delivery, drive-thru, curbside service, and off-site services.
The restrictions set forth for private businesses shall not apply to the following:
The private businesses and entities identified in the above section shall take all reasonable measures to ensure social distancing and sanitation is being utilized as is feasible and comply with federal and state health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. Such businesses are further encouraged to consider, to the extent applicable and feasible, providing for special access periods for populations particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
Nothing herein shall act or be interpreted as authorization for any off-sale alcoholic beverage sales by any licensee in violation of their respective license as defined in SDCL Title 35.
The restrictions set forth above do not prohibit an owner, employee, contractor, vendor, or supplier of the above-addressed entities from entering, exiting, using, or occupying a place of business in their professional capacity, so long as procedures are implemented to ensure social distancing to the full extent reasonably possible.
The business entity, owner, and supervising manager of any business that refuses to comply with these regulations shall be deemed to be in violation of the ordinance.
All other employers, both for profit and not for profit, within the city of Sioux Falls are urged and encouraged to implement procedures to ensure social distancing between persons as is feasible and ensure the business or entity operates in compliance with federal and state guidelines. To prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 employers should:
Citizens of Sioux Falls:
All individuals within the city of Sioux Falls are urged and encouraged to:
This ordinance shall remain effective until April 8, 2020.
Violation of the City Ordinance
Any individual in violation of this emergency ordinance is subject to the general penalty in Section 10.999 which states any person who shall be convicted of any violation shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned in the county jail not longer than 30 days or shall receive both the fine and imprisonment. Each day in which a violation of this Code or other ordinance continues shall constitute a separate offense. Any individual or business entity violating the provision of this emergency ordinance, may be enjoined from continuing the violation.
Notwithstanding the previous paragraph, any violation of this emergency ordinance by any business licensed to serve alcoholic beverages (under SDCL Title 35 and City Ordinance Title XI, Chapter 111), shall following a hearing and a recommendation by the city council (as required by SDCL 35-2-11.1), may have their license suspended or revoked for such violation by the South Dakota Secretary of Revenue.
In the event that the hearing requirement (of SDCL 35-2-11.1) is waived or otherwise suspended pursuant to gubernatorial action (SDCL 34-48A-5), then such recommendation will be made without a hearing. Each day a violation of this ordinance is allowed to occur is considered a separate offense.
The city Ordinance shall apply to all locations within the city limits of Sioux Falls.