Rapid City Council committee votes to extend restrictions

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to send to the full council an extension of the city’s COVID-19 business restrictions.

The initial ordinance, which restricted dine-in options at bars and restaurants and closed recreational facilities such as gyms and theaters, is set to expire June 6. In late April the city loosened the restrictions to allow dining in within social distancing guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because the projected peak for infections in Rapid City is not expected until sometime in June, the Council is considering an ordinance to extend the restrictions until July 31. It will still have the option of loosening or tightening restrictions by resolution, based on changing conditions — including ending restrictions entirely if conditions warrant.

City Attorney Joel Landeen says the approval of the ordinance will give the City flexibility.

“It doesn’t actually require you to impose any restrictions it just gives you the ability to act quickly if the situation changes.” said Landeen.

If the first reading is approved at the Council’s next regular meeting on Monday, May 18, the second reading to finalize the ordinance would take place at the Council’s meeting on June 1.

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