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May 6, 2020 3:41 PM

Ordinance 20-007 Adopted - Tuesday, May 12th.

At Tuesday's City Council Meeting (Tuesday, May 12th), the City Council adopted Ordinance 20-007 to allow for the re-opening of businesses with reduced occupancy capacities and COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place. The City's COVID-19 webpage includes a Quick Guide and Frequently Asked Questions document which provide an overview of the re-opening plan and process. There is also a capacity calculating spreadsheet for businesses to determine their reduced occupancy capacities.

Ordinance 20-007 includes the same language as Resolution 20-038 which was passed earlier this month. Ordinance 20-007 supersedes Resolution 20-038 and will be in effect for sixty (60) days or until City Council modifies, rescinds, or extends it.

The City & County Government Center will reopen on Monday, May 18
This joint decision was made due to the minimal number of cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, the adoption of City Reopening Ordinance 20-007, and the Brookings County Commission’s action at their May 5, 2020 meeting.

City of Brookings offices located within the Government Center will remain closed to the public on Fridays until further notice. Staff will continue to be available by phone and email.

Monday, May 18th will also be the start of the incremental reopening of other City and County facilities and offices. Reopening measures, dates and times will vary based on the nature of the operations each performs, some facilities will remain closed until further notice. Community members are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify access and hours.

Reopening information for each facility and department will be released via the City's Website and social media. Edgebrook Golf Course, parks (with the exception of some park facilities), nature trails, and open space are open for recreation opportunities.

The Hillcrest Aquatic Center will not open for the 2020 season. The inaugural Community Games have been canceled for 2020.

The South Dakota Department of Health confirmed that there are now 61 cases of COVID-19 in Brookings, and 47 of those people have recovered. through their COVID-19 webpage. The COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with new cases of the coronavirus. At this time, Brookings County is in the "substantial" community spread category. The City will continue to monitor the South Dakota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and engage our community partners. Updated information and notice of additional action will be provided through press releases, social media, City website, City alert system, and Engage Brookings mobile app.

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