Sioux Falls Mayor issues 'safer at home' proclamation
Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken has issued what he calls a "safer at home" proclamation, offering a series of guidelines he asks citizens to follow through the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The proclamation, which TenHaken announced Monday morning, does not constitute a "stay at home" order, as it is not enforceable by law.
The proclamation strongly encourages people to remain in their homes. Residents can still go outdoors for recreational activity and mental health, but are asked to continue practicing social distancing.
TenHaken asked people to limit visits to grocery stores to once per week, and use delivery services when possible. He advised people to limit shopping trips to one shopper per household, and avoid taking children to stores when possible.
The mayor asked people to continue supporting local restaurants, but advised carry out and delivery options, and to use drive-thru options when possible. He also asked people to consider virtual options when it comes to church services.
The proclamation also asked residents returning from extended trips, especially from areas with more COVID-19 activity, to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning.
TenHaken also advised that people should consider wearing cloth face masks when in public, per the CDC's new guidelines.
In addition, the proclamation asks grocery stores, big box stores, and other stores not impacted by the
to limit customers to no more than 20 percent of the businesses' listed fire code capacity. For example, if a business has a posted occupancy of 500 people, the business is asked to limit itself to 100 patrons in the store at one time.
TenHaken said Sioux Falls is currently the center of South Dakota's coronavirus outbreak, due to the city's large size and population density. He said the number of cases is expected to increase, and that the proclamation is part of the ongoing effort to try and flatten the curve.
As of Monday morning, slightly over half of the state's COVID-19 240 cases are in the Sioux Falls area.
Sioux Falls city leaders are set to deliver an update about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
Mayor Paul TenHaken will deliver a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Monday. You can watch it live on our