Guidelines & Ordinance Information


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Currently Enacted Ordinance: 21-013

In Effect Until 5:00 p.m. April 30, 2021

Emergency Ordinance 21-013 is in effect. This ordinance outlines continued safety measures and requirements to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Ordinance 20-013 continues a mask mandate which requires masks for employees of specific businesses as well as requires an individual to wear a face covering in any indoor business and/or indoor public place and to wear a face covering at any City-sanctioned event unless social distancing of six or more feet can be maintained. Ordinance 20-013 eliminates the occupancy regulation outlined in prior ordinances and further transitions many business requirements to recommendations.


Specific Restrictions & Guidelines

All of us want life to return to normal as quickly as possible. However, we must proceed cautiously and with care. Normal may look a little bit different for now. Let's all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mask Mandate

All individuals are required to wear a mask in any indoor business and/or indoor public space if six (6) feet or more of social distancing isn’t possible. Exceptions are listed here.

Businesses & Organizations

All businesses and/or organizations must adhere to these guidelines and safety processes and practices based on the nature of services provided. These guidelines address the safety of the public and employees.

  • Recommend a minimum six-foot distance between any tables. This provision does not need to be observed between members of the same household.
  • In retail and grocery businesses, install a plexiglass, or similar divider where physically possible between the cashier and customer.
  • Restaurant and bar (those businesses with an alcoholic beverage license) staff and employees must wear masks which cover the employee's nose and mouth.
  • Staff and employees of hair salons, nail and tanning salons, spas and barber shops must wear masks which cover their nose and mouth during customer contact times.
  • Businesses are encouraged to conduct daily employee screenings for illness.
  • Businesses are encouraged to post signage outside of their facility that encourages customers to wear face coverings and to not enter if they are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Businesses are encouraged to develop risk mitigation strategies for restrooms or other areas where social distancing requirements are likely to be compromised.
  • Certain businesses (e.g. gym, recreation facilities, casinos, etc.) are encouraged to have customers wipe down their equipment / machines before and after use. However, businesses are recommended to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces potentially touched by customers and patrons.
  • Masks are required at city-sanctioned events. Masks which cover a person's nose and mouth are required for all persons attending or working at events which require a City permit when a minimum of six-foot distance cannot be maintained or achieved.

If not listed, all other previous requirements of past ordinances are now considered recommendations.


City of Brookings Reopening Road Map

The City of Brookings COVID-19 Reopening Road Map is an incremental, multi-phase approach to get Brookings businesses/organizations back open and operational while addressing public safety guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Reopening Road Map provides a color-coded breakdown of a four-phase approach. Each phase is associated with an ordinance that provides detail related to safety and preventative precautions, recommendations and restrictions. The details for each phase are being informed by economic and health data with combined input from national, state, and local health organizations and experts, community partners, professional organizations, and the public.

  1. Current Phase 3
  2. Phase 4
  3. Phase 1
  4. Phase 2

3  YELLOW (2)

SAFETY MEASURE
EMPLOYERS, BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS
INDIVIDUALS/RESIDENTS
Physical/Social Distancing/Prohibited Activities 

All businesses of public gathering and indoor public recreation and retail including, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, casinos, gyms, museums, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, salons, barbershops, spas, and other retail facilities are recommended to follow social distancing restrictions.

Install a plexiglass, or similar divider where physically possible between the cashier and customer.

Recommended to develop risk mitigation strategies for restrooms or other areas where social distancing is likely to be compromised.
Staying at home, or current place of residence unless performing essential activities and/or if experiencing illness symptoms is recommended.

Maintaining social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person per CDC guidelines, with the exception of family or household members, at all times and as much as reasonably possible is recommended.

Face Covering/Mask

Bars, restaurants, (those businesses with an alcoholic beverage license) as well as hair salons, nail and tanning salons, spas and barber shops: Employees and staff will wear protective masks that cover mouth and nose.

All other businesses and organizations: Wearing of face coverings/masks by employees is required when in any indoor business and/or indoor public place and at any City-sanctioned event unless social distancing of six (6) feet or more can be maintained.
Wearing of a mask/face covering is required when in any indoor business and/or indoor public place and at any City-sanctioned event unless social distancing of six (6) feet or more can be maintained.

Hand Washing

Recommended to provide hand sanitizer locations which are readily available for public use.

Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer as well as covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and refraining from shaking hands is recommended.
Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer as well as covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and refraining from shaking hands is recommended.
Disinfecting/Cleaning

Recommended to post publicly a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule which is specific to each business.

Recommended to perform regular cleaning and disinfecting.
Regular cleaning/disinfecting of high-touch surfaces is recommended.

Illness Monitoring

Regularly performed temperature checks and symptom monitoring is recommended.

Employees/staff shall stay home if they are sick.

Regularly performed temperature checks and symptom monitoring is recommended.

Stay home if sick.

City of Brookings Thresholds

Moving Between Phases: How the City Determines the Current Phase

Movement between phases is dependent upon the activity of the virus and the success of our community in keeping positive case numbers low. To determine our current thresholds, the City of Brookings is following the World Health Organization (WHO) which considers three criteria when adjusting public health and social measures related to COVID-19:

  1. Epidemiology: Is the epidemic controlled?
  2. Health System Capacity: Is the health system able to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that may arise after adapting some measures?
  3. Public Health Surveillance: Is the public health surveillance system able to detect and manage the cases and their contacts, and identify a resurgence of cases?

Movement to a new phase will be based on these criteria. Given the dynamic nature of COVID-19, the criteria are subject to change as new information becomes available.  




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