City Council adopts stricter COVID-19 ordinance

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – The Aberdeen City Council has adopted a new COVID-19 ordinance enacting stricter guidelines for local businesses to follow.

In a special meeting on Tuesday, the council adopted a city ordinance that essential closes restaurants, bars and casinos, coffee house, gentlemen’s club, etc., to dine-in customers, but does not prohibit drive-through, curbside or delivery services.

The ordinance also closes all indoor recreational facilities. Tobacco and vaping shops are not allowed to offer on-site consumption of products.

Tattoo parlors, beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage studios and other personal care facilities are also closed to on-site services.

Public gatherings of 10 people or more are also prohibited where there is not sufficient space to provide a 6-foot separation between people.

Specific businesses like grocery stores, convenience stores, crisis shelters, pharmacies, health care facilities, day care facilities and correction facilities and churches are not included.

This emergency ordinance went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and is in effect for 60 days. The council also has to reaffirm the need for this ordinance at every meeting held within that 60-day period. A violation of this ordinance is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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