City Council to look at more restrictive ordinance

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – Days after passing a less-restrictive measure, the Aberdeen City Council is going to consider an ordinance that would close restaurants, coffee houses, bars, casinos and other places where food and beverages are offered for on-site consumption.

The council met in special session Wednesday, approving first reading of an ordinance that would restrict groups of 10 people or more and require social distancing of at least 6 feet. Those are based on recommendations outlined in Gov. Kristi Noem’s executive order.

Possible final approval is set for next Wednesday at a 5:30 p.m. special meeting.

A second ordinance considered by the council this week would have ordered the closure of restaurants and bars to prevent the spread of the virus. It would have also closed larger recreation facilities, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades and the like.

That’s the direction urged by the South Dakota State Medical Association. In a news release issued Thursday, the association urged Noem to close nonessential businesses statewide. It also recommended suspending nonessential elective surgeries.

Monday, the council will debate the more-restrictive ordinance.

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