HURON — Businesses throughout Huron are taking extra precautions to help ensure that any COVID-19 virus that exists in the Fair City is not spread about. Nearly all businesses contacted by The Plainsman noted reduced hours, and in all cases the reduced hours of public exposure are being used to add additional cleaning and disinfecting of those businesses.
Here is a partial list of some of what is taking place. This is a fluid listing, however, and is not complete.
Everyone is encouraged to call ahead to any business to make sure that it is open.
The Beadle County Courthouse, Huron’s City Hall and the Federal Building all remain closed. If you require service from any of these government offices, contact them by telephone.
Nearly every banking institution in Huron has closed its lobby to the public, although some are allowing those who have made appointments with banking staff in. MO Federal Credit Union, Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Wells Fargo, American Bank and Trust and First National Bank have all closed their lobby. Bank of the West was the only bank that reported its lobby being open, although the number of customers allowed in are limited.
All are operating their respective drive throughs, although some have taken the steps to limit hours.
The three largest grocery stores in Huron have all reduced hours and increased the time given over to cleaning the store, for the protection of staff and customers.
Fair City Foods — Is offering curbside delivery available to its customers, to limit exposure for all. The store is open shorter hours, and the hour from 7 to 8 a.m. is set aside for shoppers with compromised immune systems and those over 60. Call 352-0831 to find out about curbside service
Coborn’s Foods — Also has limited hours, and Coborn’s requests that 6 to 9 a.m. be for Senior Citizens and those with health concerns. Online orders may be place at Coborns.com.
Walmart — Has limited its hours and offers online ordering at walmart.com.
Restaurants in Huron have, for the most part, gone to a “to-go” status, having customers call in for an order and then having it picked up. Most of those with with a drive-through window have begun to use the drive-through exclusively, including McDonalds, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Taco Johns and Picante. Call and place an order or use the drive through menu when ordering. Burger Plus and Subway are both offering limited seating and hours for their lobbies. Burger Plus has reduced the number of patrons in the restaurant at any time, with indoor seating for lunch only. The drive through is always open. Subway is limiting its indoor seating hours.
Retail businesses have limited hours in many cases and some have taken additional steps to keep sales going during the pandemic.
Cliff Hadley, co-owner of The Clothing Company with his wife, Julee, said that the store is offering free in-town delivery on sales of more than $50. “And,” Hadley said, “with every delivery, we are going to throw in a roll of toilet paper!” He noted that local businesses need to continue to have the support of the community, as sales are the lifeblood of any business.