Lennox business restrictions could ease as early as Saturday

By Kelli Bultena

Lennox Council held a special meeting on Monday, May 4 for the first reading of Ordinance 610, which will ease restrictions on businesses, instead of restricting businesses to 10 patrons or fewer, business will be limited to 50% of their maximum occupancy.

The Council also reviewed revisions to the City’s Covid-19 response plan, which states they will re-open the city’s park playgrounds, ball courts, and tennis courts. After discussion it was noted that the plan was to be amended before the second reading to keep ballfields closed for structured sports or organized practice.

The Council will have another special meeting this weekend, following the state minimum five-days after the first reading to approve the Ordinance, which will go in to effect at that time.

The ordinance and City’s COVID-19 Response Plan can be read in its entirety here:

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A portion of Ordinance 610 states, any enclosed retail business that promotes public gathering may resume operations in a manner that allows for reasonable physical distancing, good hygiene and appropriate sanitation, according to the attached Covid-19 Business Checklists published by the South Dakota Department of Health. Such businesses should also continue utilizing business models that do not involve public gatherings, including takeout, delivery, drive-thru, curbside service, and off-site services, wherever possible.

All restaurants, food courts, coffee houses, bars, cafes, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food, beverages, or other products for on-site consumption, including any alcohol licensees with on-sale privileges, shall limit occupancy not more than fifty (50%) percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by state or local building or fire codes, whichever is greater.

It was noted that the businesses shall attempt to establish a minimum six-foot distance between any tables, chairs, booths and barstools. It was also noted that the maximum allowed occupancy shall be posted at all entrances to the business in a manner that is visible.

The ordinance also encourages places of public accommodation offering food, beverages, or other products for on-site consumption shall encourage employees to wash hands at regular intervals, shall conduct daily employee health screenings and shall encourage all employees to wear a mask which covers their nose and mouth when serving customers.

Guidelines for individuals are outlined in the ordinance as well. They include the following:

a. Review and practice the recommended CDC hygiene practices designed to stop the spread of the virus causing COVID-19;

b. Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, call a healthcare provider for instructions if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and stay at home if sick;