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North Sioux City tightens restrictions for facilities in order to slow the spread of COVID-19

NORTH SIOUX CITY, South Dakota (KTIV) - After bars, restaurants, and casinos were shut down in Iowa due to COVID-19, some Iowans headed to South Dakota.

Now, some cities in South Dakota have ordered similar closures.

Effective 8:00 a.m. Thursday, all restaurants, bars, casinos, and other recreational facilities here in North Sioux City have new restrictions.

The decision came after public health concerns were brought to light when people weren't following the CDC guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

North Sioux City City Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday leading to the tighter guidelines.

Mayor Randy Fredericksen says all restaurants, coffee shops, bars, clubs, and other businesses that offer food or drinks for on-site consumption, will be closed for dine-in.

These places can still provide take-out, delivery, curbside service, and drive-thru service.

For those who choose to continue to offer off-site services, Fredericksen says procedures to ensure social distancing should be implemented.

Casinos and other entertainment facilities must cease all operations.

The Mayor says he hopes the changes will slow the amount of traffic coming into their state.

"With Sioux City being closed we had quite a few people coming across from Iowa into South Dakota, we just feel we need to stop all the traffic because it was literally thousands of cars coming across the bridge," said Randy Fredericksen, North Sioux City City Mayor

The new restrictions will be in effect until May 2, 2020. The mayor says if any of the businesses refuse to comply with these rules, they will be fined.

Xava Parra

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