Sioux Falls advancing toward face mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 numbers

November 5, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An emergency order for a coronavirus mask mandate is advancing in Sioux Falls.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to send the ordinance on for a second reading on Nov. 10.

The mandate would require face coverings in all indoor public places where 6 feet of social distancing isn’t possible.

The proposal comes after weeks of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state.

Mayor Paul TenHaken has long said that while he strongly encourages residents to wear masks, he believes any sort of law requiring them would be “unenforceable.”