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The Aberdeen city council at a special meeting Wednesday night passed the second reading of a less strict city ordinance that would limit business during this COVID-19 health crisis. That ordinance went into affect at midnight this morning.

 

The council then passed the first reading of a more strict ordinance which would further limit business during this time. That will not get its second hearing until next week. Councilman Rob Ronayne says some businesses may require action from the council to get the help they need...

 

 

 

 

As of noon Wednesday there now four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brown County, with two cases fully recovered.

 

The council heard testimony via video conferencing from representatives of both Sanford and Avera speaking in favor of the more strict measures. The goal would be to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in hopes to not overwhelm healthcare resources. Councilman Dave Lunzman echoed that sentiment...

 

 

 

 

 

The council also addressed some concerns residents have expressed about the perceived slow response to COVID-19 by the council. According to the council, because SB 191 failed in Pierre, which provided emergency authorities to counties, community improvement districts and municipalities in the event of a public health crisis, they have had to move forward with standard ordinance passage procedures. Councilman Dave Bunsness called out by name District 2 and District 3 representatives Drew Dennert and Kaleb Weis....

 

 

 

 

The council will meet next Tuesday and likely pass the more strict city ordinance.

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