Mayor Allender suggests Rapid City Common Council enforce a mask mandate within city limits

UPDATE (11/18/2020 @ 2:20 p.m. MST): The proposed city-wide mask mandate ordinance has been made available online for the public to view. Ordinance No. 6453 would require the proper wearing of a mask or face covering indoors in public places, including bars, stores, theaters, etc. with certain stipulations. The Common Council will meet in a special session Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. for the first reading. The public is encouraged to submit comments online here as seating in chambers is limited.

You can read the full Mask Ordinance HERE.

Under the Penalty section of the ordinance Section 1.12.010 of the Rapid City Municipal Code is referenced and can be found HERE.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender is taking the path toward a mask mandate, and the Common Council will meet to take up the mandate Thursday evening.

Mayor Allender pleading with the community to wear masks in public saying, “Not wearing a mask not only puts you in harms way, but it puts the rest of the pubic at risk as well.”

Mayor Steve Allender said, “We’re not talking about an iron lung, not talking about a ball and chain, not talking about a tattoo on the inside of your lip. We’re not talking about anything but a little piece of fabric that can cover your mouth and nose.”

The idea for a mask mandate comes after a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state as well as in the Rapid City Area School District. Which forced the district to move to Level 3, which is fully remote learning for all students.

“Our community spread is substantial in face, yesterday Forbes magazine came out with their top 10 riskiest states in the US to visit. And South Dakota was at the top of that list.”

Mayor Allender was joined by Rapid City Area School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon as well as Monument Health Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Shankar Kurra. Dr. Kurra provided the public with five scenarios that put a person at high risk from contracting COVID-19 as well as avoiding the Three C’s.

Dr. Shankar Kurra, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health said, “You want to avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation because that has been shown scientifically to increase the risk of contracting the virus. And then this next one is close contact, you want to avoid close contact and that’s the main mode of transmission of this virus is human to human contact. And then finally crowded spaces, places that have a large crowd, there the risk increases.”

Mayor Allender is advising anyone with public comments to go to the city website and submit a comment for a public meeting due to the lack of seating in city hall due to the pandemic.

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