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Vermillion City Council approve first reading of emergency ordinance

VERMILLION, South Dakota (KTIV) - Restrictions have been placed on bars, restaurants, and other public areas to try to contain the spread of COVID-19, including those in Iowa.

Now, some locations in South Dakota could be making changes to prevent people from driving to their state to avoid the restrictions.

On Tuesday, the Vermillion City Council approved the first reading of an emergency ordinance in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

If adopted, the ordinance will place restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars, hair and nail salons, and other businesses.

Vermillion City Manager John Prescott says all food courts, coffee houses, bars, clubs, and other businesses that offer food or drinks for on-site consumption will be closed for dine-in.

These places will still be able to provide take-out, delivery, curbside service, and drive-thru service

The ordinance can be in effect for up to 60 days starting on March 30th at 9 am.

It will be reviewed for changes every week at each regular city council meeting.

The restrictions will also apply to recreational facilities such as public pools, gyms, and spas.

"I think it's going to impact everybody in different ways, certainly these businesses are going to feel some of the direct impact to it within regard to reduced sales, and reduced traffic in their establishments," said John Prescott, Vermillion City Manager.

A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 30 at 9 am.

If that reading is passed, the ordinance will be enacted.

Xava Parra

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