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211 Helpline Center is Responding to COVID-19. 211 is a vital service that connects people to the information and support they need - whether financial, family, health or disaster-related. 211 provides a 24/7 hotline which is connected to a trained team that is able to provide up-to-date information. If you need assistance now, call 211 to speak to someone who can help. The call or test is free and confidential. Simply dial 211.
The City Council did not approve the second reading of Emergency Ordinance 1414 at the June 1 meeting. This emergency ordinance was similar to Ordinance 1413. The proposed ordinance, which was not adopted, would have allowed for 50% occupancy of businesses that had restrictions with Emergency Ordinance 1413, encouraged the use of face masks when social distancing can’t be maintained, have had a maximum duration of 60 days, and would have been reviewed at each City Council meeting.
While there are currently no restrictions in place, the City Council did direct staff to work with businesses to develop a resolution for consideration which would contain many of the same guidelines as they existed in the proposed ordinance. View Proposed Ordinance 1414 here.
The City Council approved the opening of park shelters, park and golf course restrooms, and the scheduling of baseball and softball games.
The City Council did not approve the opening of playgrounds and basketball courts.
As a precautionary measure based on CDC recommendations of social distancing, City offices will remain closed to the public until sufficient supplies and protocols are in place to continue efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The intention of this prolonged closure is precautionary out of consideration for the safety and health of City residents and Staff.
While our doors are closed, rest assured that serving the public remains our top priority. The City is committed to maintaining business operations and essential services while making efforts to protect the health of City employees and slow the spread of COVID-19. While exercising CDC guidelines for social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols, Staff will continue to operate and provide services to the community. Citizens can contact departments and offices via phone, email, and by utilizing online services.
We want to take time to thank community members for their understanding and patience during this time as we work through this together. Vermillion is a community that shows up and pulls together to help those in need. Our primary concern is for the safety and health of Vermillion citizens and employees as we continue to monitor current circumstances and conditions. Please, if you are sick, STAY HOME.
We encourage everyone to monitor local, state, and federal outlets for the most up-to-date information regarding the outbreak and how to protect yourself and your family. Below are links to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).