City, County pass emergency ordinances to address outbreak

HURON — The Huron City Commission and Beadle County Commission met in conjunction with the Beadle County Unified Joint Task Force to address Governor Noem’s information on Sunday regarding six new cases in Beadle County.
The joint commission met for over two hours before passing identical ordinances for both the city and the county. The ordinance closed all bars, restaurants, food courts, coffee houses, and other such public gathering places for consumption to on-site/on-sale patrons.
Each of the previously mentioned business could offer take-out or drive-thru service, but customers will not be allowed to eat or drink inside.
The ordinance also closed all city and county pools, health clubs, movie theaters, and concert halls. Bowling alleys, skating rinks, and other similar facilities were also ordered to be closed. Violation of this order will be charged as a separate offense for each day that the violation was allowed to occur.
Places that are not affected by this order include grocery stores, retail stores that offer food, convenience stores, pharmacies, food pantries, crisis shelters, health care facilities, residential care facilities, and correctional facilities. All other facilities needed for response to the present health emergency are also excluded from this order.
The city and county each passed a resolution that encouraged residents to practice proper hygiene, practice self-isolation, practice social distancing, keeping group gatherings to less than 10, stay at home to call a medical provider before leaving home if you feel ill, limiting shopping trips to essential items, limiting shopping time spent purchasing those essential items, and to stagger work schedules. The city and county offices are closed to public until further notice.
On top of the ordinances, commissioner Kludt made the motion to close the city landfill and yard waste site to the public until further notice. The motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Paul Aylward did state that the joint commission did consider other options, but felt that this was the best solution for all involved.

WHEREAS, the guidance issued by the White House further recommended that in states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where people congregate should be closed; and
WHEREAS, many states and communities across the country have already implemented the White House recommendations by ordering all bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where people congregate be closed until the public health emergency is over; and
WHEREAS, the failure to successfully implement social distancing will 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 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.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the City Commission of the City of Huron
1. Effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 23, 2020, all restaurants, food courts, coffee houses, bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries, clubs, cafes and other similar places of public accommodation offering food and beverages for on-site consumption, including any alcohol licensees with on-sale privileges, are closed to on-site/on-sale patrons. These businesses may continue to operate in order to provide take-out, delivery, curbside service, drive-thru service. Any business continuing to operate in order to provide off- site service should implement procedures to ensure social distancing and operate in compliance with federal and state health guidance in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

2. Effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 23, 2020, all recreational facilities, public pools, health clubs, athletic facilities and theaters, including movie theaters and music or entertainment venues are directed to close and cease operations.

3. Effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 23, 2020, all hookah lounges, cigar bars, vaping lounges or other similar business which allow for on-site consumption are directed to cease allowing on-site consumption, but may continue to offer products for sale to consume off-site under the same conditions as bars and restaurants outlined in paragraph #1.

4. Effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 23, 2020, all arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys. Indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities are directed to close and cease operations.

5. The prohibitions and closures in this order do not apply to the following businesses:

a. Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverages for off-site consumption, including grocery stores, markets, retail stores that offer food, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, other than any portion of such business which would be subject to the requirements of paragraph #1.

b. Room service in hotels.

c. Health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and correctional facilities.

d. Crisis shelters, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or other similar institutions.

e. Airport concessionaires.

f. Any emergency facilities necessary for the response to the current public health emergency or any other community emergency or disaster.

6. This ordinance shall remain in effect until such time as it is amended or repealed.

7. Any violation of this ordinance is subject to the general penalty provision in Section

1.04.130 of the Huron Municipal Code. Each day a violation of this ordinance is allowed to occur is considered a separate offense.
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that, pursuant to SDCL 9-19-13, this ordinance is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and welfare of the City and shall become effective immediately upon passage.

WHEREAS, cases of COVID-19 has been determined to have a substantial impact in Beadle County, South Dakota; and
WHEREAS, there are certain measures necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Huron hereby implements the following requirements:
 Practice proper hygiene.
 Practice self-isolation.
 Practice social distancing.
 No groups of 10 or more people allowed socially or at a business.
 Stay at home and contact your medical provider if you believe you have symptoms.
 Please limit trips to purchase essential items.
 Please limit the time spent purchasing essential items.
 Stagger work schedules.
 All City and County offices are closed to the public.


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