Mayor Steve Allender gives first of daily updates on COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender holding the first of what are to be daily briefings today to update the public on moves the city is making in response to COVID-19.

Allender implored the public to take the virus more seriously and provided residents with recommendations on ways to keep the virus at bay. He says although government intervention can at times be “clunky” and require constant adjustment, citizens should self-regulate.

“There’s a lot of narrow-mindedness on this particular disease. You’re welcome to take your chances but you’re not welcome to infect the rest of us who are trying to be safe.” said Allender.

The mayor says the city is looking into partnering with hotels to house first responders who have been infected. He says alternative lodging spaces will keep public safety workers from going back home with the disease.

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