Rapid City adopts plan to re-open businesses, but with conditions

April 28, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -The Rapid City Council has adopted a plan to reopen many businesses immediately, but with social distancing protocol.

The council voted 7-2 Monday night to implement Mayor Steve Allender’s plan until the end of May.

Under the plan restaurants and bars can reopen with a minimum of six feet between tables, chairs and bar stools, and with capacity limits set to half of business’ occupancy rating.

At retail locations, hand sanitizer is required throughout the store. Grocery, retail, recreation and fitness businesses would be limited to one customer for every 200 square feet.

Public social gatherings are limited to 10 people.

The plan also includes limitations on seating at entertainment venues as well, with seats in businesses and theaters marked as not available to enforce social distancing guidelines.