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Sturgis Council Meeting Draws Emotional Comments For And Against Postponing Rally

While a Sturgis community survey last week showed 60% of respondents want to cancel this year’s Motorcycle Rally because of the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of a full house at Monday night’s Sturgis City Council meeting wanted the Rally to go on as scheduled.

Residents and business owners on both sides of the issue, many of them emotional, made their feelings known ahead of next week’s vote by the city council on whether go ahead with the August Rally or to wait until next year.

While the pleas to go ahead or to cancel were varied, they generally fell into one of 2 categories – the Rally is desperately needed by local businesses struggling to deal with the financial impact of the pandemic or that it should be cancelled because the threat from the virus spreading and taking the lives of both visitors and residents.

The Sturgis council and city officials have spent the past few weeks getting input from local and state health agencies, motel and campground owners, law enforcement, and tourism officials ahead of next Monday’s final council vote.