Rapid City Mayor encourages alternatives to visiting city facilities as employee absences rise


RAPID CITY, S.D. — With increasing cases of COVID, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender suggests limiting visits to city facilities.

The city has seen an increase in illness-related absences among city employees and Mayor Allender says positive COVID cases and absences have spiked in just the last week, going from a few employees to now a few dozen.

And with reports indicating that the the peak of omicron may still be weeks away, the mayor is asking residents to consider alternatives to in-person visits to city facilities.

Mayor Allender says, “Utility bills can be paid online or they can be mailed in, there’s also a deposit box on the west side of the building here for utility bills. Things like building permits and plat request and developments all that sort of thing, many of those are being handled now by making appointments and dropping off materials and coming back later and picking them up.”

The mayor also reminds everyone to continue to observe COVID restrictions at the airport, adding that wearing a face mask and social distancing is recommended and encouraged when visiting city facilities.

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