Business on Rapid City Main Street flowing despite coronavirus
RAPID CITY, S.D. — President Trump announced a national emergency this afternoon because of the coronavirus, and schools are closed statewide, but that is not affecting Rapid City businesses.
Rapid City and Main Street square will not be altering hours or closing for the time being. Fortunately, with the holidays being over and warm weather several weeks away, Rapid City is not at it’s busiest.
And many businesses plan to remain flexible and continue sanitary practices.
“So, we have a little breathing room, for us, I would say the timing’s good for us,” said Dan Senftner the CEO and President of Destination Rapid City Main Street Square. “For the cleaning of everything, for going through everything. We monitor the restrooms every hour on the hour, so we check everything, we cleanse everything. We’re being very careful and very precautious.”
Revenue for local businesses has not been affected, and the owners of Mary’s Mountain Cookies say business has remained the same as it was a month ago.
Collectively, restaurants and businesses agree it is best to stay home if you are sick, or have come into contact with someone who is sick.
“And if you’re gonna be home with your kids for two weeks, make some cookies,” Rob Mahaffey the co-owner of Mary’s Mountain Cookies said. “This doesn’t have to be miserable, this can literally be like a short brief period of time in our lives that we just do the right thing and so everybody gets better.”
While business has not slowed down in Main Street Square, owners know with the closing of schools and daycares, they may need to adjust accordingly.
Main Street Square representatives and businesses agree, the key is to act and not overreact.