Business owners await City Council vote; possibly re-opening businesses

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A few weeks ago, the Rapid City Common Council passed an emergency ordinance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

That ordinance prohibits on sight consumption of food at restaurants and closed several businesses throughout the city.

On Monday night, the council will vote on loosening the regulations in the ordinance.

Although most restaurants are doing curbside, to-go, and delivery, they are still losing a significant amount of business.

“It takes away 90 percent of my income that was inside, now we’ve turned it in to to-go, carry out, and curbside. So that’s a hundred percent of my business which isn’t the business model that we meant it to be,” say Kevin Beshara, owner of Colonial House.

With the loss of income, many business owners are furloughing and laying off employees in order to stay afloat.

While the virus has changed business, business owners say they understand the need to keep the public safe and they respect whatever the council decides.

“They’re probably right in what they’re doing, so I’m going to let them make their choices and I’ll just follow along,” says Beshara.

Throughout the community customers are still contributing to local business as best as they can.

“Our customers and our citizens are really stepping up to the plate. They do exactly what they can do,” says co-owner of Black Hills Bagels, Debra Jensen.

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