Rapid City Covid Closure Rules Extended A Week

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City’s COVID-19 business closures will continue at least until next Wednesday. They were scheduled to expire tomorrow, but the city council Monday night voted 6-3 to extend them to the 29th with a special meeting next Monday to discuss ideas for a potential plan to reopen businesses.

Most small business owners left last night’s meeting angry after arguing their financial hit is getting worse while Rapid City has still seen very few COVID-19 cases. Several council members replied that more testing is needed to make sure positive cases simply are being missed.

Casino owners complained they can’t participate in the federal payroll protection program because they don’t qualify based on the set guidelines, but Elevate Rapid City CEO Tom Johnson said he’s talked to politicians about making the program available for casino owners when the next round opens.

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