Sioux Falls mayor recommends closure of non-essential businesses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - 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 TenHaken says he has asked the city health board to consider the motion as he says he does not have the power to do so.

City officials are waiting on a planned executive order from Governor Noem outlining the process for cities and businesses across the state.

“The board may be asked to consider the mandatory closures of nightclubs and bars that don't serve food, video lottery casinos, live performance centers, movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, private social clubs, indoor shopping centers,” said Public Health Director Jill Franken.

Franken says dine-in food services at restaurants, food courts, and coffee houses would be restricted to carry-out or drive-thru.

The health board will meet at 2 pm Tuesday to discuss the recommendation.