S.D. Govt. begins to get “Back To Normal”

"Non-essential" employees to start returning to offices

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem on Friday signed an executive order laying out how her “Back To Normal” plan applies to state government as various departments and agencies begin planning how to return to work.

At her regular briefing to update the media on the state’s COVID-19 response, Gov. Noem said it will not happen all at once.

“Each cabinet secretary will be given the opportunity to make the best decisions for their workforce that facilitates getting the work done and also protecting those employees,” she said.

The order still allows administrative leave for employees who are unable to come in and cannot work remotely. It also allows for approved out-of-state work-related travel.

During the briefing, the Governor today also said the statewide supply of hospital beds has now been supplemented by two 100-bed facilities — one in Rapid City and one in Sioux Falls — set up by the South Dakota National Guard. The Rapid City facility is located at Camp Rapid.

“Our National Guard has stood up the facilities in Rapid City and Sioux Falls that are there in case we would need a surge and to utilize other resources outside the main buildings of our healthcare system,” said Gov. Noem.

Friday’s executive order rescinds an earlier order dated March 24, 2020, that ordered all non-essential personnel to work remotely and not report to state offices.

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