Sioux Falls mayor to propose ordinance limiting patrons in some businesses

Downtown Sioux Falls, file photo.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said he is going to propose an ordinance that would limit gatherings at certain businesses to ten people or less.

TenHaken made the announcement in a briefing Wednesday morning. He said he will issue the proposal to the Sioux Falls Health Board, which will discuss and potentially enact the ordinance in a special meeting Thursday at 2 p.m.

The ordinance would require restaurants, bars, casinos, breweries, coffee shops, athletic facilities, and entertainment venues to keep gatherings to ten patrons or less at the same time. These are all businesses suggested in a recent executive order by Gov. Kristi Noem.

Breaking the ordinance would be a class two misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

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Several Sioux Falls officials are set to give an update Wednesday morning about efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Dakota News Now will carry the briefing live at 10:30 a.m. You can watch it online on our Facebook page.