Experience Sioux Falls continues to monitor the current coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on the Sioux Falls visitor industry.
We will follow the leadership set forth by Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, Governor Kristi Noem, Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) throughout these unprecedented times. The majority of city owned and operated public facilities are closed.
The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families. Go to the U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 Cares Act Relief Resources to learn more.
The CDC recommends certain actions for the preparation and mitigation of community transmission of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, social distancing measures and restricting the size of gatherings. Any enclosed retail business that promotes public gathering shall modify business practices in order to ensure that not more than ten patrons are on the premises for on-site use of the services and/or consumption of the goods at any given time. Such businesses are encouraged to consider utilizing business models that do not involve public gatherings, including takeout, delivery, drive-thru, curbside service, and off-site services. The restrictions set forth in the above paragraph do not currently apply to hotels and motels. Restrictions are pursuant to the approval by the Sioux Falls Board of Health and Sioux Falls City Council on March 26, 2020. These restrictions are subject to updates hourly and/or daily.
Many attractions are closed until further notice, events have been cancelled or postponed, and some restaurants and retailers have enforced limited hours of operation. We encourage you to plan ahead by contacting each business prior to your travels to receive information regarding any possible closures, cancellations, or restrictions that they have in place.
For more information on COVID-19 please utilize the following resources:
- City of Sioux Falls - COVID-19
- Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Alert
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Helpful Information For Travelers
- South Dakota Department of Health
- Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation One Sioux Falls Fund
- Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Business Resources
*The CDC is the go-to resource as the situation evolves.
It is now more important than ever to support small businesses througout our community, as they are the heart of the travel and tourism industry. Click here to support small businesses downtown. Click here for Lake Lorraine, The Bridges at 57th, and more.
If you have any questions please contact us and follow @ExperienceSFSD across social channels.
This page will be updated as the situation evolves.