RC Mayor: “Waiting for evidence of community spread” in further COVID-19 decisions
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City officials continue to assess the situation surrounding COVID-19 in South Dakota and say large scale closures will not happen until there is evidence of community spread.
In an update Thursday afternoon, Mayor Steve Allender said officials remain in close contact with health officials. Allender says the discussion on placing limits on bars, restaurants, or gatherings exceeding 10 people, depends on evidence that coronavirus is spreading within the state.
According to the South Dakota Department of Health, the 14 cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota have been linked to travel outside of the state.
Allender still urges the public to stay out of bars and restaurant dining rooms as a safety precaution but encourages take out dining to support local businesses.
Rapid City has moved all information surrounding COVID-19 to one place on their website. Added closures Thursday include playgrounds and parks beginning immediately. Public access to City Hall will close Monday, March 23.
As for public meetings, Allender says the city is working on solutions to “limit public involvement”. He says options could include conferencing or emailing public comment submissions.