Brookings City Council votes to continue current restrictions

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KJJQ) – The Brookings City Council holds a special meeting to discuss the possible extension of current pandemic restrictions as well as possible additional measures. Last night’s meeting lasted three-and-a-half hours.

The Council voted 6-1 to continue the current restrictions for another 60-days. Joey Collins provided the lone “no” vote.

There were four amendments under consideration. Two were voted down. One would have limited residential gatherings, the other would have prohibited the sale of alcohol in the city after 10:00 pm on Thursday through Saturday nights.

Two amendments on wearing masks will move forward to a second reading.

A large group of people wearing red showed up at the council meeting in opposition to all restrictions. Among those testifying, Brookings business owner Kevin Gruenwald.

South Dakota State University epidemiologist Natalie Thiex (Takes) is one of the experts advising the council. She is strongly in favor of the restrictions.

Council Member Leah Brink opposes all the amendments but voted to extend the current restrictions for another 60-days. She says it’s a difficult decision but she’s not blind to the medical experts.

Second reading for the mask amendments is next Tuesday.