List of local closures, cancellations, and delays due to COVID-19 concerns

SOUTH DAKOTA (Dakota News Now) - Fears over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak have led to several events being canceled or postponed. The following is a list of local events and organizations affected by the outbreak:


South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an executive order asking businesses to restrict some of the ways they operate in the midst of the threatening new coronavirus.

Schools, universities, and district events

Gov. Kristi Noem has recommended that all public schools remain closed to students until May 1.

Sioux Falls school officials are urging parents to keep students at home as schools remain closed, but the district is offering online resources to help keep kids engaged while at home.

The South Dakota Board of Regents says all public university classes will remain online-only through the remainder of the spring semester. This includes USD, SDSU, Northern State University, and Dakota State University.

South Dakota technical colleges to finish semester online

The University of Sioux Falls is holding the remainder of its classes online..

All classes at Presentation College will be online through the remainder of the semester.

Dakota Wesleyan University is holding all classes online the remainder of the semester. Staff are working exclusively online.

Augustana University in Sioux Falls will remain online-only through the remainder of the society.

All Minnesota public schools are closed through May 4.

Gov. Kim Reynolds is recommending Iowa schools close for four weeks

Major regional businesses & health care providers

Avera Health is closing its hospitals to most visitors.

Sanford Health is closing its hospitals to most visitors.

Hy-Vee is changing its store hours, and making a few other temporary changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The grocery chain is also offering a special shopping time for those most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Fareway Meat & Grocery is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The chain is opening from 8-9 a.m. for those 65 and older.

Target is reducing store hours and establishing a special shopping time for those most vulnerable.

Walmart is adjusting hours at all store

Dollar General is reducing its hours, and is also offering a special shopping time for senior shoppers.

Kohl's is closing all stores until at least April 1.

Several regional utility providers, including Xcel Energy, Midco, Northwestern Energy, and the City of Sioux Falls are suspending service disconnections for people financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Many are also limiting office hours; check with your local office before you visit.

Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls City Council has passed an ordinance limiting many businesses, including restaurants and bars, to ten patrons or less.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is recommending the closure of all non-essential businesses in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Mayor Paul TenHaken has declared a state of emergency in Sioux Falls. The city is also closing most non-essential offices until further notice. More information is available on the city's

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation and Siouxland Libraries cancel events for the next two weeks. All public library branches are temporarily closed.

The Western Mall has suspended indoor mall walking; the mall is only open to business patrons.

The city is encouraging people to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming city election.

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau visitor industry luncheon scheduled for May 19 has been canceled.

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled or postponed has canceled most events through mid-April.

Sanford POWER, sports academies, wellness centers are temporarily closed

GreatLIFE is temporarily shutting down its Woodlake and Performance Center facilities.

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society is closed to the public through the end of March until further notice.

The Banquet is serving meals in to-go containers for the "foreseeable future."

All AveraNow locations in Sioux Falls are closed.


The city of Aberdeen has postponed or canceled a number of activities and facilities, including a moratorium on activities until further notice.

Both Kessler's and Ken's SuperFair Foods are limiting hours, and are also both designating shopping times for those most at-risk to COVID-19. This includes all regional locations for both stores.

The K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library is temporarily closed.

The Aberdeen Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department is suspending all activities until further notice.

All large group activities at the Aberdeen Civic Arena and Civic Theatre are suspended through May 3.

The Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce remains open, but has canceled or postponed a number of events. You can find details on the chamber's COVID-19 website.

All Avera-related events and group activities have been canceled through the end of March. Avera St. Luke's Hospital and clinics are allowing only one designated visitor per patient. Sanford facilities have implemented a similar protocol.

The Aberdeen Senior Center is suspending temporarily suspending activities.

Meals-on-Wheels service will continue like normal.

The Aberdeen Area Humane Society is requiring all visitors to call ahead and make an appointment before visiting the shelter.

The Women's Business Conference has been postponed until April 19.

The Aberdeen YMCA is closed until further notice.

The Dakotah Prairie Museum is closed until May 5.


All bars in the city have collectively agreed to temporarily close.

The city is taking action to limit public gatherings in city-owned buildings through April 6.

All magistrate and circuit courts in Brookings County have been closed until late April, Dakota Radio Group reports.

The Swiftel Center is closed to the public through April 6.

Brookings police and fire departments are temporarily closed to the public. Emergency services will continue like normal. If you have a reason for visiting a facility, contact the department first.

The Brookings Municipal Liquor Store is temporarily closed to the public.

The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has postponed its April 28 Leadership Conference, WILL Luncheon on June 10, and Annual Celebration on May 14.

All city meetings have been canceled. All Brookings Parks and Recreation activities are suspended until further notice.

The Brookings Public Library is temporarily closed.

The Brookings Activity Center is temporarily closed.

Little International scheduled for March 31 has been canceled.


The City Commission has ordered the closure of all restaurants, bars, and other "places of public accommodation offering food and beverages for on-site consumption." Restaurants can still offer delivery and carry-out options.

All city buildings are temporarily closed to the public. You can find more information here.

The Beadle County Unified Task Force has opened a call center for COVID-19. Call 605-353-6214 with any questions.


The City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting patrons from many businesses, including restaurants and entertainment venues, until further notice. The law goes into effect April 3.

City Hall is closed until further notice.

The Corn Palace is closed until further notice.

The El Riad Shrine Cirucus has been postponed.

The Davison County Sheriff's Office is temporarily suspending a number of services, as well as jail visits from the public.

The Mitchell Livestock Seminar scheduled for March 19 has been cancelled.


Executive branch of the state government is limited to essential personnel.

The Pierre Police Department is closed to walk-in traffic.

The Pierre Senior Citizens Center is temporarily closed.

The Rawlins Public Library is temporarily closed, as is the state public library.

The City Aquatics Center is closed until further notice

The Cultural Heritage Center is closed until further notice.

The Pierre-Area Boys and Girls Club is temporarily closed.

Oahe Family YMCA is closed until at least March 30.


The Watertown City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring an emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watertown Fire Rescue is closing stations to the public to limit exposure of emergency responders to the virus.

The Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau office has temporarily closed.

The Watertown Regional Library is closed until further notice.

The Redlin Art Center gallery and gift shop is closed; offices in the building remain open.

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown is closed until further notice.

Food Pantry remains open, and is offering home delivery.

Dakota Sioux Casino will close from Midnight to 8 a.m. daily for deep cleaning.


The Yankton City Commission has passed an emergency ordinance ordering restaurants and bars in the city to close their seating areas.

All city offices are closed to the public.
Officials ask you contact the city by phone or online with any questions. Emergency services will continue as normal.

The Missouri River Watershed Education Festival scheduled for April 30 has been cancelled. The the Great Missouri River Clean-up scheduled for May 2 has been cancelled, but it may be rescheduled at a later date.

Citywide cleanup set to begin next week is postponed indefinitely.

The Avera Sacret Heart Wellness Center is temporarily closed.

Yankton Community Library is temporarily closed.


The 2020 edition of the Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends for Kids at the Sanford Sports Complex is postponed until Aug. 6.

The Howard Wood Relays have been canceled.

The South Dakota High School State Basketball Tournament has been postponed.

Special Olympics South Dakota has canceled their Summer and Spring Games.

Skyforce season on hiatus as NBA's G League suspends season

NAIA Division II championship in Sioux Falls canceled

The Sioux Falls Storm and Stampede seasons have been canceled.

The Aberdeen Wings' season is over after the North American Hockey League canceled all remaining games this season.

Several activities at the Sanford sports complex in Sioux Falls have been canceled, including the Sioux Falls Cyclones Indoor Classic at the Sanford Fieldhouse and the Big Sioux Challenge Volleyball Tournament at Sanford Pentagon. You can find the full list here.

Concerts & major events

PBR has canceled its event scheduled from April 3-5 at the Premier Center.

Air Supply has postponed its Sioux Falls concert.

Zac Brown Band postpones spring tour dates, including Sioux Falls concert

Rage Against the Machine postpones Sioux Falls concert

MercyMe's March 28 concert at the Denny Sanford Premier Center has been postponed.

Reba McEntire's April 26 concert at the Denny Sanford Premier Center has been postponed until Aug 1.

Baby Shark Live at the PREMIER Center, scheduled for March 16, has been postponed.


Many churches, including the Sioux Falls Catholic diocese, are temporarily suspending services or mass obligations. Check with your church before you visit.

South Dakota Drivers License exam stations are closed statewide until at least May 2.

Many local courthouse and city offices are closed or limiting services. Check with your office before you visit.

Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood is closed until April 7.

Sanford Health to close its wellness centers, POWER strength and conditioning programs, sports academy workouts, team practices, and competitions

Dakota State University has canceled its DakotaCon digital security conference.

The National Weather Service has canceled spring storm spotter classes, but it is offering virtual classes.

The South Dakota Department of Corrections is suspending all in-person visits and volunteer activities.

The South Dakota Department of Human Services is temporarily closed.

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