Rapid City mayor speaks on lifting COVID-19 regulations
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender discusses the Common Council’s decision this week to convert pandemic regulations to recommendations.
Allender says the decision follows the trend seen in most cities around South Dakota.
However, the Mayor says the trend was not the motivation for the council’s action, rather it was the community being more conditioned to practice safe behavior than when the pandemic first hit.
“For what we will have lacked in the height of the peak in infections, as first predicted, we are going to make up for in the longevity in the duration of this pandemic,” said Allender. “So stay buckled up out there, we’re going to continue fighting this thing, and to have to practice safe behaviors for many months to come.”
The Mayor also discussed the recent protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Allender says he’s glad that the protests have remained peaceful, but would like to see more open dialog on both sides instead of one against the other.
“To the groups protesting in the streets and on social media, this is your official invitation,” said Allender. “To sit with me and other government leaders for dialog on these issues. I hear you, if and when we meet, I hope we hear each other.”
The Mayor’s next scheduled COVID update is next Wednesday.