Council approves mask mandate in Sioux Falls, effective immediately

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (By Trevor J. Mitchell, Sioux Falls Argus Leader) – Upon reconsideration — and a removal of any penalty for violation — the Sioux Falls City Council voted 6-2 to approve an ordinance mandating masks inside businesses and city facilities.

The motion to reconsider the vote occurred a week after Mayor Paul TenHaken voted the mandate down, breaking a 4-4 tie after hours of discussion from the public and councilors.

The mandate, which takes effect immediately upon passing, requires the wearing of a face covering inside “indoor retail businesses” and city-owned facilities where social distancing of six feet cannot be achieved.

There will be no penalty for violating the ordinance, a change from the $50 fee recommended for violation in Councilor Curt Soehl’s original proposal.

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