Deadwood passes unanimous resolution to require face masks

DEADWOOD, S.D. — On Monday, the Deadwood City Commission passed a resolution requiring the use of facemasks in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 with a unanimous vote.

Resolution 2020-25 requires that a face covering or mask be worn in indoor public places owned by the City of Deadwood at all times, as well as in outdoor public spaces within the City of Deadwood when gathering for more than 15 minutes and/or when six feet of social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained.

These face coverings must be worn over the mouth and nose completely as stated in the resolution. The following individuals are exempt from these restrictions:

  • any person under the age of five
  • any person who is seated at a public place to eat or drink or is immediately consuming food or beverages
  • any person with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering
  • any person who is engaged in swimming or physical activity where the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering
  • public safety workers engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, or emergency medical personnel, in situations where wearing a face covering would severely interfere in the performance of the individuals public safety responsibilities

The resolution does stipulate that individual business will retain the right to mandate and enforce mask requirements as they deem fit, and that patrons refusing to comply can be asked to leave. Failure to vacate can then result in criminal penalties under SDCL 22-35-6.

Resolution 2020-25 becomes effective immediately and is set to expire on December 30, 2020, however, may be necessary to extend according to the Deadwood Commission.

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