An Emergency Ordinance Amending Emergency Ordinance 20-010, as previously amended, to Extend and to Comprehensively Adopt Provisions to Address a Public Health Crisis and to Revise Certain Measures which are Necessary for the Immediate Preservation of the Public Health, Safety and Welfare of the City and are Necessary to Slow the Community Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the City of Brookings, South Dakota.
Be It Ordained and Enacted by the Council of the City of Brookings, State of South
Dakota, as follows:
Whereas, the City of Brookings has the authority pursuant to SDCL 9-29-1 and SDCL 9- 32-1 to pass ordinances for the purpose of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the community, and to do what may be necessary for the promotion of health or the suppression of diseases; and
Whereas, COVID-19 has been confirmed in more than 100 countries, including the United States; and
Whereas, COVID-19 is a continuing global pandemic. United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts stated in a 2020 decision “people may be infected but asymptomatic, [and] they may unwittingly infect others”; and
Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, medical associations and scientific associations suggest individuals wear a face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19; and
Whereas, Ordinance 20-010, as amended, is intended to slow the rise of positive cases and slow down the rate of infection, and therefore bears a real and substantial relationship to public health because the measures are recognized to be the best available procedures to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19; and
Whereas, the City of Brookings and many states and communities across the country have already implemented White House recommendations by restricting occupancy at bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where people congregate until the public health emergency is over; and
Whereas, the failure to successfully implement social distancing would likely result in higher numbers of infected individuals and has the potential to overwhelm the capacity of the City's health care providers; and
Whereas, it is important that control measures, including requiring face masks in indoor places, continue to be taken to reduce or slow down the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of the City's residents, especially for seniors and those with underlying health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19; and
Whereas, the City of Brookings has been utilizing Ordinance 20-010, as amended, to address the COVID-19 public emergency in the City of Brookings, and
Whereas, based on the number of cases in Brookings County, the relatively small number of hospitalizations in the City, and the available modeling, the City Council believes the social distancing and face covering restrictions should be continued given the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the City and State, and
Whereas, this Emergency Ordinance is intended to adopt, in comprehensive form, the emergency measures and restrictions set forth in Emergency Ordinance 20-010, as previously amended.
Now Therefore, Be It Ordained, by the City Council of Brookings that:
1. Any businesses identified in Ordinance 20-005 may reopen to serve patrons on-site pursuant to the conditions established in this resolution.
2. Businesses within the City of Brookings which are open to the public shall observe the following guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19:
a) Establish a minimum six-foot distance between any tables, chairs, and barstools. This provision does not need to be observed between members of the same household.
b) All businesses shall collaborate with the City to identify their occupancy allowance and post it in a conspicuous location outside the building.
c) Restaurants, bars, and casinos shall be limited to a maximum of ten
(10) customers or a capacity of one-half(½) of their maximum posted capacity, whichever is greater. Capacity will be posted at the front of the business.
d) All restaurants, food trucks and bars shall disinfect or dispose of all menus before and after use by each customer. Condiment containers shall be cleaned/disinfected between each group and shall not be shared among multiple groups. Salad bars and self-service buffets shall not be permitted.
e) Grocery stores, retail businesses, recreation and fitness businesses shall be limited to a maximum of ten (10) customers or a capacity of one-half(½) of their maximum posted capacity, whichever is greater. Capacity will be posted at the front of the business.
f) Require social distance spacing while waiting for service or entry into a business. Spacing may be accomplished by requiring people to remain in their vehicles.
g) Clearly marked one-way shopping aisles in grocery and retail stores.
h) In retail and grocery businesses, install a plexiglass, or similar divider where physically possible between the cashier and customer.
i) Require employees to wash hands at regular intervals.
j) Restaurant and bar (those businesses with an alcoholic beverage license) staff and employees must wear a mask which covers the employee's nose and mouth.
k) In casinos, video lottery machines must be cleaned and disinfected between each customer.
I) Employees of hair salons, nail and tanning salons, spas and barber shops wear masks which cover their nose and mouth during customer contact times. Customer seating must be at least six (6) feet apart.
m) In gyms and fitness facilities, any equipment and/or exercise mats
must be cleaned or disinfected between each use.
n) Customer seating in theaters and similar businesses shall be reduced to allow for social distancing with certain seats marked as "not available due to social distancing guidelines" to ensure compliance.
o) Businesses shall post publicly a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule, specific to each business.
p) Hand sanitizer locations readily available for public use should be made available at grocery stores and retail businesses.
q) Enhanced cleaning/disinfecting requirements should be used for motel and hotel rooms.
r) Seating for large gatherings shall be reduced to comply with a six-foot minimum distance between attendees.
s) Businesses are encouraged to conduct daily employee screenings for illness.
t) Businesses are encouraged to post signage outside of their facility that encourages customers to not enter if they are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms.
u) Businesses are encouraged to develop risk mitigation strategies for restrooms or other areas where social distancing requirements are likely to be compromised.
v) Certain businesses (e.g. gym, recreation facilities, casinos, etc.) are encouraged to have customers wipe down their equipment/machines before and after use. However, it will still be the responsibility of the business to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting is occurring.
w) Businesses, particularly salons, barber shops, and spas are encouraged to provide service on an appointment-only basis to ensure proper social distancing and hygiene practices are met.
x) Masks required at city-sanctioned events. Masks which cover a person's nose and mouth are required for all persons attending or working at events which require a City permit when a minimum of six foot distance cannot be maintained or achieved.
The provisions of Resolution 20-076 are incorporated herein, and provide as follows:
3. All persons in the city shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face
covering when they are in the following situations:
a) When inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
b) When obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings, including but
not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or
dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank, unless directed otherwise by
an employee thereof or a health care provider;
4. Waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
5. The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks or other face coverings:
a) Persons age five years or under-children age two years and under in
particular should not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation;
b) Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that
prevents wearing a face covering-this includes persons with a medical
condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who
are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face
covering without assistance;
c) Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or when communicating with a
person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is
essential for communication;
d) Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person
related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or
workplace safety guidelines;
e) Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which
temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
f) Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers
food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided they
maintain a 6-foot distance between individuals (not including individuals who
reside together or are seated together) with only infrequent or incidental
moments of closer proximity;
g) Athletes and participants who are engaged in an organized sports activity
that allows athletes to maintain a 6-foot distance from others with only
infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity;
h) Persons who are engaged in an activity that a professional or recreational
association, public regulatory entity, medical association, or other public health oriented entity has determined cannot be safely conducted while
wearing a mask or other face covering and where other protections and
precautions are established and utilized;
i) Persons attending educational institutions where the public and private
schools through 12th grade, colleges, and universities have implemented
j) Persons engaged in church and religious places of worship which may
implement their own protections.
6. In addition to the specific requirements listed above, businesses shall operate
in a manner consistent with CDC guidelines and any applicable state regulations and the Governor's Executive Orders.
7. The City encourages all members of the public within the City of Brookings to
continue to follow the CDC guidelines and recommended hygiene practices, including, but not limited to engaging in social distancing, and wearing masks when outside their homes wherever possible.
8. Businesses can request, in writing, administrative exceptions from the City that allow them to modify the strict compliance with these requirements so long as their proposal contains alternative means to implement social distancing or hygiene requirements. The City will not approve exceptions which completely exempt a business from implementing social distancing, or from following the CDC guidelines.
9. Any business entity, owner, or supervising manager of any business that is not in compliance with these regulations, or an approved alternative plan pursuant to Section 5. above, shall be in violation of Ordinance 20- 010, as amended by this Ordinance.
10. Pursuant to this ordinance, the City Council may by resolution modify the mandatory closures and enact revised restrictions on public gatherings and public movements it deems necessary to address the current public health emergency. Any revised measures and restrictions, adopted by resolution shall be for a specific duration and shall be periodically reviewed to ensure the continued necessity of such restrictions or closures.
11. The restrictions set forth herein do not apply to the following entities, which have their own specific COVID-19 restrictions:
a. Health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and correctional facilities.
b. Crisis shelters, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or other similar institutions.
c. Any emergency facilities necessary for the response to the current public health emergency or any other community emergency or disaster.
d. Official meetings of the city, schools, county, or state.
e. The operations and meetings of any state or federal courts.
f. Educational institutions where the public and private schools through 12th grade, colleges, and universities have implemented protections.
g. Places of worship.
h. Any and all polling places, including absentee voting and Election Day (November 3, 2020) polling places, as well as all locations for processing absentee ballots and counting ballots on November 3, 2020. All polling places for absentee and Election Day voting shall remain open at all times.
12. This ordinance shall remain in effect for a period of sixty (60) days, at which time it shall be automatically repealed unless specifically readopted for an additional period of time by the City Council. Any dates identified in this ordinance may be adjusted at any time within the sixty (60) day period covered by this ordinance by a resolution of the City Council.
13. Enforcement - Violation of this Resolution may result in a fine, and multiple violations may result in further enforcement procedures, including legal and equitable action to enforce this Ordinance for the safety of the public.
14. Until the 2nd Reading of this ordinance is completed, approved and published, Ordinance 20-010, as amended, shall set forth the applicable measures deemed necessary to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the City of Brookings. Ordinance 20-010, as amended, shall remain in effect for an additional period of sixty (60) days, at which time it shall be automatically repealed unless specifically readopted for an additional period of time by the City Council. Any dates identified in this ordinance may be adjusted at any time within the sixty (60) day period covered by this ordinance.
15. Face Masks/Face Coverings Required. Within the City of Brookings, all persons except those under the age of five (5) and those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering, must wear a face mask/face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public places where six (6) foot
social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained. A "face covering" or "mask" must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, and can include a paper or disposable face mask, a cloth mask, a scarf, a bandanna, or neck gaiter.
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that pursuant to SDCL 9-19-13, this ordinance is adopted to address a public health emergency and is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the City and shall become effective immediately upon passage and publication.
Dated this ____ day of ___________, 2020.
CITY OF BROOKINGS:
Keith W. Corbett, Mayor
Bonnie Foster, City Clerk