Council to consider turning COVID-19 rules into guidelines

BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council will consider a second reading and possible action on an ordinance to amend Ordinance 20-007, which covers measures to slow the community spread of COVID-19.

The council will also canvass the municipal election results from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City & County Government Center.

“Ordinance 20-007 was enacted to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provides additional requirements to restaurants, bars, grocery, casinos, gyms, salons as well as other similar businesses,” according to a memo by City Manager Paul Briseno, which is attached to the agenda on the city’s website. 

The council adopted an amendment to Ordinance 20-010 at the June 9 first reading which changes the requirements to recommendations/guidelines, if it’s approved this week, according to Briseno’s memo.

The council on Tuesday has options: 

• Approve Ordinance 20-010 as presented, changing the COVID-19 business requirements to guidelines;

• Amend the ordinance;

• Deny the ordinance;

• Do nothing.


The current emergency COVID-19 regulation through Ordinance 20-007 has the following implications: 


• Maximum of 10 customers or 50% occupancy, whichever is greater 

• Groups of 10 or less and 6 feet apart

• Cleaning of high-touch areas/materials between users 

• Screening employees recommended

• Employees required to wear masks

• Cleaning of used spaces before and after each customer 

• No self-serve buffets or salad bars

• No sharing of condiments unless wiped between use 

Grocery, casino, gym and recreational facilities 

• Cleaning of equipment after use by customer and/or employee 

•Maximum of 10 customers or 50% occupancy

• Employees of grocery stores will wear masks 

• Protective measures/operations will be provided 

Salons/barber shops 

• Customers 6 feet spacing and recommend service by appointment-only 

• Employees will wear masks

• Clean equipment before and after each customer 

• Adequate social distancing for waiting customers

Administrative exemptions allow for requested flexibility. 

Cattle shows

The council will consider an alcohol application by the Swiftel Center for the Junior National Charolais Show on July 7-10 and the Junior National Simmental Show on July 13-16, which will be at the Swiftel and the Larson Ice Center.

“All temporary alcohol licenses must be approved by the City Council through use of a public hearing. All documents have been filed with the City pertaining to insurance and other licensing requirements,” according to an attachment to the agenda.

“The Swiftel Center hosting the Jr. National Charolais Show and the Jr. National Simmental Show further develop Brookings as a major tourism destination for visitors to benefit the local economy and hospitality industry,” according to a memo by City Clerk Bonnie Foster. 

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]


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