Deadwood implements large-scale shutdown

DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA) — The City of Deadwood implemented a large-scale shutdown of local businesses, and restrictions on other businesses, in response to the state’s executive order asking for compliance with CDC guidelines on coronavirus.

Mayor Dave Ruth says the decision was spurred by Deadwood’s national status as a gambling destination.

Ruth says the council will look at whether to lift the closures at all future meetings.

Ruth says Black Hills residents need to stay the course on social distancing and extra measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses which can still operate on a delivery or drive-up curbside basis will stay open, as will grocery stores, convenience and discount stores selling food and beverages. All businesses are asked to comply with social distancing and isolation recommendations.

Spearfish approved first reading of a similar closure ordinance Wednesday, with a final approval vote next Tuesday. Businesses would be closed or restricted from April 1 through April 15.

The Rapid City Council has their final approval vote on a closure ordinance set for a special meeting this Friday night at 6 p.m. It would go into effect immediately upon passage.