At a special meeting on May 7, the City Council voted to approve loosening city regulations pertaining to food service entities and recreational entities. However, all entities within the city must still comply with federal and state guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What this means for food service
Food service entities, including but not limited to 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, shall be permitted to serve patrons on-site if the business:
- - Provides seating for all parties which is no less than six (6) feet apart from other parties; or
- - Serves a maximum of ten (10) patrons at any given time, whichever is greater.
- - Businesses in this section may not serve any single group of patrons larger than a Party. A Party is defined as groups of six or fewer adult patrons. Minors are allowed and not included in party limits.
What this means for recreational facilities
Recreational facilities, athletic facilities, health clubs and entertainment venues shall be permitted to allow patrons into their businesses so long as the maximum number of patrons allowed upon the business’s premises at any given time shall not exceed the greater of the following:
- - Ten (10) patrons; or
- - Fifty percent (50%) of the business’s occupant load as determined by the City Fire Marshal or the City Planning and Development Office pursuant to the business’s applicable Occupancy Classification.
In April, the City launched its SOAR (Supporting Operations and Resiliency) team to work with business and nonprofit leaders on their compliance with City ordinances, state directives, application of best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as innovative approaches to protect the health and safety of employees, clients and customers. Organizations in need of technical assistance can contact the SOAR team by calling 2-1-1 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new ordinance will take effect on Friday, May 8. The “no-loitering ordinance will also be repealed on May 8. The City is cautiously taking steps to allow businesses to move toward resuming regular operations.This move aligns with Governor Noem’s Back to Normal plan and with federal direction.