Guidelines & Ordinance Information


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Currently Enacted Resolution 21-024

In Effect Until June 26, 2021

Resolution 21-024 is in effect. This resolution replaces the mandatory provisions with 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.

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 to have a minimum six-foot distance between any tables.
  • Recommended to install a plexiglass, or similar divider where physically possible between the cashier and customer.
  • Staff and employees are recommended to wear masks which cover the employee's nose and mouth.
  • Businesses are encouraged to conduct daily employee screenings for illness.
  • Businesses are encouraged to develop risk mitigation strategies for areas where social distancing is 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.
  • Masks are recommended at City-sanctioned events.
  • Masks are recommended for 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 and 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.

Recommended to 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 are recommended to wear protective masks that cover mouth and nose.

All other businesses and organizations: employees and staff are recommended to wear protective masks that cover mouth and nose.
Wearing of a mask/face covering is recommended 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 are recommended to stay home if 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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