City Council Adopts Ordinance Emergency Ordinance 1413 in Effort to Slow the Community Spread of COVID-19
On Monday, March 30, 2020 the City Council unanimously adopted Emergency Ordinance 1413 that addresses the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 by implementing certain measures which have been deemed necessary to slow community spread. Emergency Ordinance 1413 became effective immediately upon adoption. The full ordinance outlines operations that must cease and those that can remain open while practicing social distancing. Emergency Ordinance 1413 can be reviewed in its entirety here.
As a precautionary measure based on CDC recommendations of social distancing, City offices will remain closed to the public at this time. The intention of this closure is precautionary out of consideration for the safety and health of City residents and Staff.
City offices and facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Please be aware that the time frame of this closure is subject to change based on the rapidly evolving nature surrounding the pandemic.
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. Visit the City website at www.vermillion.us for contact information.
We want to take time to thank community members for their continued understanding and patience during this time as we work through this together. Our primary concern is for the safety and health of Vermillion citizens and employees as we continue to monitor current circumstances and conditions. Vermillion is a community that shows up and pulls together to help those in need. It is odd to consider, that the best way we can pull together in this time is to stay apart. Please, if you are sick, STAY HOME. If working from home is available and practical, please STAY HOME. Together we will get through this time of uncertainty.
We encourage everyone to review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) preventative disease spreading guidelines. Resources which may also be of assistance include www.covid.sd.gov or the South Dakota Covid-19 information line 1-800-997-2880. Please monitor local, state, and federal outlets for the most up-to-date information regarding the outbreak and how to protect yourself and your family.