Watertown City Council passes second reading of ordinance that closes businesses during pandemic  (Audio)

April 6, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.—The Watertown City Council passed the second and final reading of an emergency ordinance Monday night that forces some non-essential businesses to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ordinance was initially approved at a council meeting March 23rd, and took effect March 26th. It targets businesses where large groups of people might congregate, like a restaurant, bar, fitness club or bowling alley.

Councilman Michael Heuer addressed complaints by some fitness club owners who say they should be allowed to stay open because they can still operate within CDC guidelines…

Councilman Dan Albertsen says he believes it’s time to stay the course too…

The emergency ordinance can remain in effect for up to 60-days, but can also be extended through council action.