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

Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 7:02 AM CDT
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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

issuing guidelines for individuals, businesses, and local governments to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Schools, universities, and district events

Gov. Kristi Noem

that all public schools remain closed to students through the remainder of the school year. Students to continue receiving education remotely.

Sioux Falls school officials are urging parents to keep students at home as schools remain closed, but the district is offering

to help keep kids engaged while at home.

The South Dakota Board of Regents says all public university classes

through the remainder of the spring semester. This includes USD, SDSU, Northern State University, and Dakota State University. In addition,



all on-campus events through Aug. 15.


is holding the remainder of its classes online..

All classes at

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.

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

All Minnesota public schools are closed through May 4.

All Iowa schools will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year.

Major regional businesses & health care providers

Avera Health is


Sanford Health is


Hy-Vee is

, and has

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.

is opening from 8-9 a.m. for those 65 and older.

Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls processing plant


Target is

and establishing a special shopping time for those most vulnerable.

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

Kohl's stores

, though the company is offering store pick up on some


Several regional utility providers, including



, and the

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

Gov. Kristi Noem has

urging people over 65 or those with compromised immune systems living in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties to stay home.

Mayor Paul TenHaken

offering a series of guidelines he asks citizens to follow through the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Sioux Falls City Council has

limiting many businesses, including restaurants and bars, to ten patrons or less.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken

in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Mayor Paul TenHaken has declared a

in Sioux Falls. The city is also closing most non-essential offices until further notice. More information is available on the city's


Minnehaha County has

until further notice.

SiouxFalls.Business has compiled a list of changes local restaurants and bars that are making due to the coronavirus.



until further notice.

Several Lake Lorraine business are


All Cinemark theaters,

, are temporarily closing.

The Westmall 7 Theatre is

, though they are selling popcorn on certain days.

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

Emergency responders

a number of protocols amid the outbreak.

The Washington Pavilion is closed until further notice.

The El Riad Shrine Circus scheduled for April 23-26

. The Chamberlain and Mitchell shows have also been postponed.

City community centers are closed.

Midco Aquatic Center and the Washington Pavilion's Visual Arts Museum and Kirby Science Center will be closed until further notice.

The Great Plains Zoo is closed to the public until further notice.

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation and Siouxland Libraries are cancelling events until further notice. All public library branches are temporarily closed.

The April municipal election

until June. The city is still encouraging people to vote by absentee ballot.

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

has canceled or postponed has canceled most events through mid-April.

is temporarily shutting down its Woodlake and Performance Center facilities. The EmBe fitness center is also temporarily closed.

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society is

until further notice.

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

The Old Courthouse Museum, as well as the Pettigrew Home and Museum are closed until further notice.

All AveraNow locations in Sioux Falls are closed.

The 2020 Sioux Falls Pride festival & parade



The City Council has approved an emergency ordinance restricting many public gatherings to fewer than ten people. You can find more information on the city's


The city of Aberdeen has

a number of activities and facilities, including a moratorium on activities until further notice.

School playgrounds are closed until further notice.



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.

movie theater is closed until further notice.

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


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.

Primrose Retirement community is restricting visitors.


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

to temporarily close.

The city is

through May 6. However, some city-owned facilities, including the municipal liquor store and Edgebrooke Golf Course,

have reopened. 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 May 6. Brookings Cinema 8 movie theater is closed until further notice. 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. Huron 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. Huron Luxury Cinemas theater closed until further notice



The City Council

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



is temporarily suspending a number of services, as well as jail visits from the public.

movie theater is temporarily closed.


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.

movie theater is temporarily closed.

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.

is closed until at least March 30.


The Watertown City Council

due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown


The Bramble Park Zoo is closed until further notice.

Dakota Sioux Casino


Watertown Fire Rescue is

to limit exposure of emergency responders to the virus.

The Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau office has temporarily closed.


movie theater is closed until further notice.

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

The Yankton City Commission

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.

movie theater is temporarily closed.


All South Dakota High School Activities Association spring and postponed winter events, including the boys and girls state basketball tournaments,


All Summit League regular-season competitions through the spring semester are canceled.

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


Special Olympics South Dakota has


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


Concerts & major events

2020 RiseFest in Sheldon, Iowa has been


The 2020 South Dakota Chislic Festival


Beatles vs. Stones tribute show at Washington Pavilion rescheduled to May 20, moved to Orpheum Theater.


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

Air Supply

its 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.

Several concerts at The District in Sioux Falls have been postponed or canceled. You can find updates on their



SDSU's 2020 Prairie Repertory Theatre season


Many churches, including the

, 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

Royal River Casino in Flandreau is

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

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


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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