I will only briefly say that if this is passed next week, we have few options if the cases spike drastically, we will be stuck with our bad decision. I still think we should extend until May 15. I also have seen several restaurants and bars already operating like this passed on Friday. One downtown bar has been operating all thru this. I saw several cars at their establishment last night. I also saw people dining on the patio at a restaurant downtown over lunch with a server waiting on them.

What I found interesting about the council discussion is everyone brought up business owners and patrons rights, but no one brought up the rights of workers. If you were on unemployment right now (and actually making more money) would you want to risk getting Covid while making less money? Hell NO! Funny how no one brought this up in the meeting except Starr. If these businesses have taken out PPP loans (grants) and their employees are on unemployment, what is the mad rush to reopen?

6 Thoughts on “Sioux Falls City Council Special Meeting, Friday May 1, 2020

  1. "Very Stable Genius" on May 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm said:

    We better hope that “it magically goes away” as the Trumpster once predicted. Else, I suggest everyone buy Lysol call options for the fall.

    ( and Woodstock adds: “I heard that waterboarding works for it”…. )

  2. Free Radical on May 2, 2020 at 4:13 pm said:

    Your just saying May 15th so you can say “told you so.” It’s very easy to yell from the sidelines and say we need to continue to be shut down. You have the moral high ground. Anyone who says we need to open the economy back up is painted as the bad guy even though 30 million people are unemployed and lines at food banks have never been longer. May 8th, May 15th or July 4th it doesn’t matter. Once we “open” things up we will see bigger Covid numbers and spread. The virus will be there waiting. The alternative is to keep destroying the economy. The hospitals have had time to prepare and are ready. Have fun playing I told you so.

  3. Missing From Friday's Discussion on May 2, 2020 at 4:49 pm said:

    At Friday’s Special Council Meeting, there was one item on the agenda:

    How To Let The Genie Out of The Bottle.

    What was missing from the Administration and Council discussion was:

    How To Put The Genie Back In The Bottle.

    One look at human nature will tell you, people will not follow mitigation strategies long-term. Combine that fact with a deadly, contagious virus and in short order you (the Administration and City Council) will have a PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS to deal with.

    Mayor and Council…What Is Your Plan?

    How Are You Going To Tell Businesses They Once Again Must Shut Down!?

    After all, every one of you have always agreed on one thing, THE PUBLIC’S SAFETY IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!!

  4. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on May 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm said:

    For some strange reason we just can’t beat Oregon.

    But on a more serious note, the numbers have been rising for the last five days nationally with May 1st having the sixth highest daily number of cases since January 1st in our country. Yet, our local civic leaders want us to open up for beer and burgers.

    #SayHaveUTriedTheCovidFriesYet? #MaybeAnArtContestWouldHelp

  5. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on May 2, 2020 at 7:55 pm said:

    Free Radical suggests that we are playing this like a bunch of smart Swedes. Time will tell, but will at least my nurse be a blonde?

    First, we saved the health care system, then, when it was ready, we worked to save the economy. But with any true triage there are three, but why does the third element, the elderly, have to pay the dearest price? How do we prepare or revive them? #OkBoomer

  6. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on May 3, 2020 at 1:30 pm said:

    I am proud to announce hot off the press, that Oregon is now only four ahead of us. This is imperative to our division I ranking. #CoyotesBeatDucks #JackrabbitsNotSoMuch

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