Below is important information and links to organizations compiling or sharing important information on COVID-19 as well as lists of cancellations/postponements.
CITY COVID-19 UPDATES:
The City of Rapid City is providing daily COVID-19 Updates on its website at rcgov.org . Click on COVID-19 Updates in the red menu bar on the home page. The page includes daily updates, releases and other helpful information.
Monument Health is updating its website daily with new information on Coronavirus/COVID-19. Go to this Monument Health link for the 'Coronavirus Q&A: What You Need To Know' with additional embedded information sources for additional information.
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
For updates and to learn more about ways you can protect yourself and the people around you, visit the South Dakota Department of Health site COVID.SD.GOV or call 1-800-997-2880.
CITY CLOSING PARK SYSTEMS PLAYGROUNDS, RESTROOMS
The City's Parks and Recreation Department has closed park system playgrounds and restroom facilities to public use and will stop taking reservations for Park picnic shelters. The actions are being taken to limit spread of COVID-19 by minimizing the size of public gatherings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
The actions were effective March 20 and will remain in place until further notice.
The City is making the decision based on Centers for Disease Control recommendations for social distancing, limiting the size of public gatherings and managing the cleaning of the park equipment and facilities. The restroom facilities at Canyon Lake West Park Shelter, Legacy Commons in Memorial Park, Founders Park and Skyline Wilderness Park are year-round facilities and will be closed. Other park restroom facilities were scheduled to open in April but their opening is delayed until further notice.
Parks staff will be surrounding Park playground equipment with caution tape and orange fencing and placing closure signage in the affected areas. City officials indicate the City's 36 parks and bike path remain open for public use.
CITY INCREASES PARKING METER 'FREE TIME':
The City is increasing its free parking feature on downtown parking meters from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to promote food pickups and other short-term business-to-customer transactions as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on many local businesses.
The change will be effective on all meters by tomorrow (Friday).
When they were installed in downtown Rapid City last summer, the new downtown parking meters included a 15-minute free parking feature to allow for business deliveries and customer pickups. The feature has proved a popular one among businesses and patrons. City officials are encouraging the public to utilize the feature and the increased free parking time to patronize local businesses.
The change will be in effect until further notice.
RUSHMORE PLAZA CIVIC CENTER:
Go to the following link to the Civic Center's web page for information on the virus, precautions being taken at the Civic Center, and a list of event affected. There is a list for events postponed, events cancelled and events with restrictions.
UTILITY SHUTOFFS SUSPENDED
The City of Rapid City announced Tuesday it will discontinue utility shutoffs of water, sewer and solid waste collection until further notice to allow for proper sanitation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Our primary goal with this action is to keep the community and the public healthy," City Public Works Director Dale Tech said in making today's announcement.
City officials remind customers to pay their utility bills on time to avoid late fees and to not impact the City's ability to provide these critical services.
The action is effective immediately.
CITY ENCOURAGES ONLINE PAYMENTS, CALLS TO OFFICES: City officials are encouraging citizens to by use online and phone options to conduct business with City Hall during the Coronavirus/COVID outbreak and to minimize personal visits to City facilities.
The City advises residents to consider automatic payment of their utility bills and to pay parking tickets online as ways to minimize visits to City Hall. In addition, questions regarding building permits and other City policies should be done by phone or e-mail to the individual City department.
City officials provide the following guidance to limit or eliminate visits to City facilities:
**Utility Bills: Residents are encouraged to use online automatic payment of utility bills by visiting https://selfservice.rcgov.org and clicking on Citizen Self Service on the left hand side for utility bills or by using the City's Utility Billing "Sure-Pay" system. Call 394-4125 or visit the Water Division's page on the City's website at rcgov.org . If you visit the self-service portal, you will need to know your account number and customer number to register, both of which can be found on your most recent utility bill.
In addition, residents are encouraged to mail in their payment or use the night drop box on the west side of the building, which is available any time of the day.
**Parking Tickets: Residents are encouraged to pay parking tickets online by visiting the 'How To' section at rcgov.org or https://rapidcity.citationportal.com/
**Shut-off Notices: Residents facing shut-off notices from the City will not have their utility services and solid waste collections suspended, however late fees for non-payment will continue to accrue.
**General Business: Residents with general questions about City services, should call or e-mail the individual City department rather than making a personal visit to the department office.
Residents are advised and encouraged to visit the City's website at rcgov.org for department and contact information.
211 HELPLINE CENTER:
The Helpline Center is assisting in the response to COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, they are compiling a list of events/sites with closures, cancellations or restrictions.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 211 Helpline Center is providing up to date information, assistance in finding food or other basic essential needs, and connecting volunteers with those who need them. We're also providing a centralized location for organizations and businesses to list available assistance, closures and cancellations, and program restrictions. Learn more, http://ow.ly/Fs9e50yNl49 or call us at 211
CITY CLOSURES/FACILITY OPERATIONS
The Roosevelt Swim Center and Roosevelt Ice Arena are closed, as is the West and South Middle School Community Gyms. These closures are effective until further notice. The Rapid City Downtown Library is closed and all scheduled events from March 16-22 are cancelled. The drive-thru will be open and digital library is available. Library staff will be able to assist the community by phone, email and text. The public library at General Beadle School is closed to April 13. City offices have ramped up cleaning and disinfecting protocols and practicing social distancing techniques.
WEDNESDAY (3/11) PRESS CONFERENCE
You can view the press conference that happened on Wednesday (March 11) with the Mayor, Monument Health, Emergency Management, Civic Center, Airport and Library officials. Much of the information and sentiments remains current. A link can be found on the City’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2j4YqBaZTo if you are interested in watching it.
RAPID CITY REGIONAL AIRPORT:
Regional Airport Director Patrick Dame indicates numerous steps are being taken at the airport to maintain a clean and healthy terminal facility, including additional hours to clean and sanitize passenger areas of the airport.
RAPID CITY LIBRARY:
The downtown library will provide services from the drive-through window only, through April 10. The library facility will be closed to the public to support community efforts to help impede the spread of COVID-19. The drive-thru will be open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Friday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. -6:30 p.m. to pick up holds, return materials, or obtain a library card. Limited staff will be available to assist the community by phone, email and text. Please contact the library regarding any concerns about item renewals and fines and we will work with our community during this time.
Access ebooks, audiobooks, video, music, magazines and research tools from home using our digital library. A summary of library resources for all ages that can be accessed from home can be found here: https://www.rcgov.org/departments/library/digital-library/library-from-home-7826.html